MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 11: Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Milwaukee Brewers sends this pitch 445 feet into the stands for a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th inning against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park on September 11, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
When Aramis Ramirez doubled to lead off the sixth inning tonight it wasn't just the Brewers' first hit since the second inning, it was also a little piece of what could be a historic first season for the Brewer third baseman.
Ramirez's double was his 45th of the season, which ties him for the sixth highest single season total in Brewer franchise history:
With 45 doubles in 144 team games Ramirez is now on pace for 51 on the season, the second highest total in franchise history. He would be the oldest major leaguer to hit 50 doubles since Luis Gonzalez in 2006, and only the third oldest since George Burns in 1927.
Ramirez's 45 doubles are easily good enough for the NL lead. Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is currently second with 39.