Darryl Norenberg-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The starting pitcher in the first playoff win in franchise history was born 58 years ago today.
On this day in 1954 Randy Lerch was born in Sacramento, California. He was 18 when the Phillies selected him in the eighth round (170th overall pick) in the 1973 draft, and pitched his first six big league seasons in Philadelphia between 1975-80.
Lerch was still only 26 in 1981 when the Brewers acquired him from the Phillies in exchange for veteran outfielder Dick Davis. The 1981 season was his only full year in Milwaukee, and he posted a 4.31 ERA over 110.2 innings in the strike-shortened campaign.
Those numbers were good enough to earn Lerch a spot in the playoff rotation, and when his spot came up the Brewers had their back to the wall: They trailed the Yankees 2-0 in the best-of-five ALDS with three games in New York left to play. Lerch was up to the challenge, though, holding the Bronx Bombers to a run on just three hits over six innings. The win was the franchise's first ever in the postseason.
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