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Today In Brewer History: Next To Nothing

The Brewers got this day in 1997 off to a good start, beating the Rangers 8-5 in game one of a doubleheader in Arlington. The second half of the day, unfortunately, would not go as well.

The Brewers drew a couple of walks but were held hitless for 5.2 innings by future Brewer Rick Helling. Fernando Vina finally broke up the no-hitter with a single in the sixth, but that was the only offense the Brewers would muster on the day. They finished the night with just three walks and the one hit, losing 2-0. They wasted a pretty good spot start from reliever Joel Adamson, who allowed just two runs on six hits over 6.2 innings.

The Brewers were no-hit once by Justin Verlander in 2007, but one hitters have been relatively rare in the Miller Park era:

Date Opponent Starting Pitcher
May 4, 2011 Braves Tim Hudson
September 7, 2009 Cardinals Chris Carpenter
April 9, 2005 Cubs Carlos Zambrano
April 26, 2002 Mets Shawn Estes
April 7, 2002 Diamondbacks Curt Schilling
May 25, 2001 Cubs Kerry Wood

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

  • 2002-03 Brewer Jayson Durocher, who turns 37.
  • Seattle Pilot and 1972 Brewer Mike Ferraro, who turns 67.
  • 1972 Brewer Joe Azcue, who turns 72.
  • 1970 Brewer Bob Humphreys, who turns 76.
  • Emerald, Wisconsin native and Hall of Famer Burleigh Grimes, who would have turned 118. Grimes played 19 major league seasons between 1916-34 as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers and six other teams.