On this day in 2006 the Cardinals scored three runs in the eighth inning to come from behind and beat the Brewers 3-2. Jeff Cirillo drove in both Brewer runs with a pinch hit single in the seventh, his 1000th Brewer hit.
Cirillo played his first six major league seasons in Milwaukee between 1994-99, playing almost exclusively at third base and making the 1997 AL All Star team. After brief stops in Colorado, Seattle and San Diego Cirillo returned to the Brewers as a utilityman and bench player in 2005 and 2006 and hit .304/.371/.420 over two seasons.
Cirillo's 1000th hit was also his last one as a Brewer, as he moved on to the Twins for the 2007 season. All told he collected 1598 major league hits over 14 seasons as a member of six teams.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- Milwaukee native and UW-La Crosse alum Craig Kusick, who would have turned 64. Kusick played seven major league seasons between 1973-79 as a member of the Twins and Blue Jays.
- Rolling Prairie, Wisconsin native and UW-Madison alum Lyman Linde, who would have turned 92. Linde played for the 1947-48 Indians.
Today is also the anniversary of the Brewers getting shut out on the final day of the 1979 season, snapping a streak of over 200 consecutive games with a run scored. We covered that event in this space last year.