On this day in 2005 the Brewers beat the Reds 14-5 at Great American Ball Park, scoring at least one run in each of the game's first seven innings. J.J. Hardy drove in six runs in the game but the most surprising offensive performance might have come from Chris Capuano, who became the first Brewer pitcher ever to score three runs in a game.
Capuano singled with one out in the second and scored on Hardy's RBI double. He singled again in the third, and again scored on Hardy's second double. He flew out to left in the fifth, but walked in the sixth and scored on Hardy's grand slam.
Capuano probably had a better day at the plate than he did on the mound. He pitched 6.2 innings in the game and allowed five runs on nine hits, including a pair of home runs. That was good enough, though, for his 16th win. He was the first Brewer to win 16 games in a season since Cal Eldred in 1993. Capuano finished the season with 18 wins, and is the only Brewer to reach that mark in the last 25 years.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 2002-03 Brewer Shane Nance, who turns 36.
- 1995 Brewer Sid Roberson, who turns 42.
- 1983-88 Brewer and current Brewers TV analyst Bill Schroeder, who turns 55.
- 1971 Brewer Tommy Matchick, who turns 70.
Today is also the third anniversary of Trevor Hoffman collecting career save #600 and the 29th anniversary of Robin Yount playing his last game at shortstop. We covered those events in this space last year and two years ago, respectively.