Back-to-Back: Johnson & Magnifico make history
Hobbs Johnson and Damien Magnifico made Brevard County Manatees and Milwaukee Brewers history on Saturday night with a pair of dominant pitching performances in a doubleheader against the Clearwater Threshers. In case you missed it:
Johnson began the night by pitching a complete game shutout…
Then, in game two, Magnifico matched his teammate…
How historic was Johnson and Magnifico’s feat?
The Brevard County Manatees became a Milwaukee Brewers affiliate in 2005. Since that partnership began, the ‘Tees have never pitched back-to-back complete game shutouts in a doubleheader.
The ‘Tees had two chances to accomplish the feat back in 2008. On June 24, Jeremy Jeffress pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout against the Dunedin Blue Jays in the opener of a home doubleheader. Brevard County lost game two, however.
Later that year, on August 17, Chris Cody dominated the St. Lucie Mets on the road with a complete game shutout in game one of a twin-bill. The Manatees won game two, but used three pitchers and allowed two runs.
Other Brewers affiliates
The double-shutout performance on Saturday was not just historic in the context of the Brevard County Manatees. It was also historic for the entire Brewers’ organization. Since 2005*, no Milwaukee Brewers affiliate, from the rookie level all the way up to the major leagues, has accomplished what Johnson and Magnifico did against Clearwater.
Just like the Manatees did in 2008, several Brewers affiliates came close with complete game shutouts in the opener of a doubleheader: Triple-A Nashville did three times, as did Double-A Huntsville. In 2013, current Brevard County starter Tyler Wagner pitched a complete game shutout in game one of a twin-bill on May 8, but the ‘Tees lost game two. The Timber Rattlers had a similar fate on an April day in 2011, as well.
No other affiliate has even come that close, including the big league Brewers.
Johnson & Magnifico post-shutouts