Today In Brewer History: Defense fails Wegman

Wegman's 1987 Topps card - Author's personal collection

Wegman got no help from his friends in a disaster start 22 years ago today.

On this day in 1991 the Brewers got blown out by the Rangers, losing 14-5 at home. Bill Wegman was the starting pitcher for the Crew in this one, but credit for the loss might also belong to his teammates.

The first four batters to face Wegman in the game reached on a single, a throwing error by first baseman Paul Molitor, another single, and a dropped line drive by Molitor that was also ruled an error. At that point the Brewers should've been out of the inning, but the scoring was far from over.

Ten more batters came to the plate in the first as the Rangers plated eight runs on seven singles, chasing Wegman from the contest. To date he's still the only pitcher in franchise history to allow eight unearned runs in an outing.

You can make the case that this disaster was a turning point in Wegman's season: The Brewers won eleven of his 12 remaining starts as he posted a 2.23 ERA over 97 innings.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 2005-06 Brewer Justin Lehr. He turns 36.

Today is also the second anniversary of Casey McGehee's three homer game against the Cardinals in 2011 and Rollie Fingers' season-ending back surgery in 1984. We covered those events in this space last year and two years ago, respectively.

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