Today In Brewer History: Erickson Erases Everyone

This alliterated headline will be a bigger hit than anything the Brewers got 19 years ago today.

On this day in 1994 the Brewers traveled to the Metrodome to take on the Twins, but left their bats at home. The Twins scored runs in the first, second, third and fourth innings but could've gotten away with much less, as Scott Erickson pitched a no-hitter en route to a 6-0 victory.

The Brewers didn't get their first baserunner in the game until the fourth inning, when Bill Spiers drew a walk. Milwaukee had four free passes and a hit batsman in the game, but went a combined 0-for-26 in official at bats. Here's the lineup from that game:

Player Pos Line
Alex Diaz CF 0-for-4
Bill Spiers SS 0-for-2, 2 BB
Turner Ward LF 0-for-3. BB
Greg Vaughn DH 0-for-4
Dave Nilsson C 0-for-2, BB
Kevin Seitzer 3B 0-for-3
Brian Harper RF 0-for-3
John Jaha 1B 0-for-2, HBP
Jose Valentin 2B 0-for-2, GIDP
Jody Reed PH 0-for-1

This is the second of three times in franchise history the Brewers have been no-hit. Steve Busby of the Royals did it to them in 1974, and Justin Verlander of the Tigers accomplished the feat in 2007.

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

  • 2009 Brewer Frank Catalanotto, who turns 39.
  • Burlington, Wisconsin native and Carthage alum Paul Miller, who turns 48. He played three MLB seasons between 1991-93 with the Pirates.
  • 1985 Brewer Brian Giles, who turns 53.
  • Madison, Wisconsin native and UW-Madison alum Charlie Chech, who would have turned 135. Chech played four MLB seasons between 1905-09 with the Reds and two other teams.
Today is also the 20th anniversary of the final game of Dickie Thon's season-opening franchise record 13-game hitting streak in 1993, which we covered in this space last year, and the ninth anniversary of Chad Moeller's cycle in 2004, which we covered in this space two years ago.
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