Brewers clinch first place entering Fourth of July for fifth time

The Milwaukee Brewers have clinched being in first place entering the Fourth of July for the fifth time in franchise history. Here is how the Brewers have finished their previous first-place campaigns:

Brewers, First Place Entering July 4 -- All-Time

Year Record End of Season Result
1982 44-32 (tied) Won AL East, Lost in World Series
2007 48-35 2nd in NL Central, Missed Playoffs
2011 45-40 (tied) Won NL Central, Lost in NLCS
2014 51-35 3rd in NL Central
2017 44-40 (thru 7/2) TBD

Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia had two hits and a home run yesterday against the Marlins, the fourth time in the last two weeks that Arcia has had at least two hits and a home run in the same game.

Most Games with 2-plus Hits and 1-plus HR -- Since June 17, 2017

Orlando Arcia, Mil 4
Carlos Correa, Hou 4
Khris Davis, Oak 4
Jonathan Schoop, Bal 4
Steven Souza Jr., TB 4
George Springer, Hou 4

Brewers first baseman Eric Thames hit his 21st home run of the season yesterday, with all 21 home runs coming while batting second in the lineup.

NL, Most HR While Batting 2nd Before All-Star Break -- All-Time

1959 Eddie Mathews, Mil 25
1999 Jay Bell, Ari 24
1990 Ryne Sandberg, ChC 24
2017 Eric Thames, Mil 21
2000 Andruw Jones, Atl 19