Today In Brewer History: Kounting K's

The 2008 season turned out to be pretty memorable for a variety of reasons, but on this day it didn't look like the Brewers had much going for them. They fell behind early against the Cardinals but came back to tie it, then lost in the ninth inning when Eric Gagne allowed four of the first six batters to reach and two runs to score in a 5-3 loss. The loss dropped the Brewers to 17-19 and five games back of first, in fourth place in the NL Central.

From a historical perspective, though, the game did have one interesting side note: Ben Sheets struck out six batters in the game to push his career total to 1084, passing Teddy Higuera for first place on the Brewers' all time list. Here are the top ten:

Pitcher Strikeouts
Ben Sheets 1206
Teddy Higuera 1081
Jim Slaton 929
Moose Haas 800
Chris Bosio 749
Bill Wegman 696
Cal Eldred 686
Chris Capuano 616
Dave Bush 605
Doug Davis 602

Yovani Gallardo will be on this list soon as well: He's currently in eleventh with 561 career K's, and could pass Davis, Bush and Capuano for eighth place with 100 this season. With 200, he'd also pass Eldred and Wegman.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

  • 1988-89 Brewer Joey Meyer, who turns 49.
  • Seattle Pilot Miguel Fuentes, who would have turned 65.
  • 1974 Brewer Ken Berry, who turns 70.
  • Seattle Pilot Merritt Ranew, who turns 73.
  • Townsend, WI native Russ Bauers, who would have turned 97. Bauers played eight major league seasons between 1936-50 as a member of the Pirates and two other teams. 
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