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Rare Brewer All Star Moments, #4: Plesac's Perfect Inning

This is part seven in a ten part series chronicling the greatest Brewer moments in All Star Game history.

Despite being one of the more memorable seasons in Brewer history, the final story about the 1987 Brewers is likely much more about disappointment than excitement. After getting off to a 13-0 start the Brewers hit the skids, and they entered the All Star break having gone 29-43 since to drop back to a game below .500. At this point they were eleven games back and in fourth place in the division.

The Brewers had just one representative in the game that season: reliever Dan Plesac, who was making his first of three consecutive appearances. In his second major league season, Plesac had posted a 1.97 ERA in 37 appearances, saving 18 games and winning four more. Opposing batters were hitting just .190/.266/.283 against him.

Pitching was the story of the game on this night in Oakland, and seven pitchers had already posted scoreless outings for the AL and NL when Plesac was sent to the mound in the top of the eighth. He followed suit, retiring catcher Bo Diaz, right fielder Dale Murphy and shortstop Hubie Brooks on two fly balls and a strikeout. Following the inning, Plesac was pinch hit for by Harold Baines.

The game remained scoreless into the top of the 13th, when Tim Raines drove home two runs for the NL with a two out triple. Sid Fernandez recorded the save in the 2-0 victory.