On this day in 2004 the Brewers and Angels combined to play one of the greatest interleague pitching duels you'll ever see. On a Tuesday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim the Brewers sent Ben Sheets to the mound and he pitched nine shutout innings, allowing just one hit and no walks. Kelvim Escobar of the Angels, however, also pitched eight shutout innings in a game that went scoreless into extra innings.
By the end of the 16th inning the two teams had combined to use ten pitchers and had 106 official at bats, but neither side had scored a run. The Brewers' first two batters in the top of the 17th also struck out, but Craig Counsell drew a walk and the next batter, Scott Podsednik, drove him home with an RBI double to right. Dan Kolb pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save and the Brewers escaped with a 1-0 victory.
The game is tied for the sixth longest contest in Brewer franchise history, and is one of two 1-0, 17 inning games they've played. They lost the other one to the Orioles in 1974. The Brewers have played 12 1-0 extra inning games in franchise history, and are 7-5 in those contests. Their most recent such game was a win over the Cardinals on May 25, 2009.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 2008 Brewer Angel Salome, who turns 26.
- Appleton Baseball Hall of Famer Britt Burns, who turns 53.
- 1977-79 Brewer Lenn Sakata, who turns 58. We covered his birthday in this space last year.
- 1974-75 Brewer Jack Lind, who turns 66.
- Seattle Pilot George Brunet, who would have turned 77.