Through ten games this season, Brewer pitchers have posted a 3.59 ERA, and have walked just 32 in 87.2 innings of work. That's 3.3 per nine innings of work.
On this day in 2009, the Brewers played a game that puts those numbers into pretty startling perspective. In front of over 40,000 fans at Miller Park, Jeff Suppan and three relievers combined to walk ten Cubs in an 8-5 Brewer loss. Four runs scored on Suppan bases loaded walks.
Surprisingly enough, the ten walks did not set a franchise record. The Brewers have walked eleven or more batters in a game 31 times in franchise history, including once later in the 2009 season.
The actual record almost has to be seen to be believed: On July 19, 1969 the Seattle Pilots walked 18 opposing batters in a 11-7, 18 inning loss to the Twins. Here's the box score. The nine inning record is a little more believable: Everett Stull and four relievers walked 14 Astros on April 29, 2000.
With help from Brewerfan.net, happy birthday today to:
- AZL Brewer Max Walla, who turns 20.
- 1953 and 1961 Milwaukee Brave Johnny Antonelli, who turns 81.
- Woodland, WI native Addie Joss, who would have turned 131. Joss played nine seasons for Cleveland's AL team (then known as the Naps) from 1902-1910, and is a Hall of Famer.