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Today In Brewer History: Whitewashed By The Reds

This day in 1998 is probably one that Phil Garner and the Brewers would like to forget. Entering the bottom of the sixth inning at Cinergy Field the Brewers were trailing 2-0, but the Reds scored 12 runs in the frame, then three more in the seventh to win 17-0. It was (and still is) the most lopsided shutout loss in Brewer history.

The Brewers needed three pitchers to wade through the sixth inning carnage: Starter Brad Woodall faced the first six batters and retired none of them, allowing four hits, a walk and a fielder's choice that didn't end in an out. Joe Hudson, making his final major league appearance and his only one as a Brewer, followed Woodall to the mound and retired the first batter he faced before allowing six more Reds to reach on two doubles and four walks. Finally, Mike Myers entered the game and recorded the final two outs, but not before allowing a base-clearing double to score the last three runs.

The Brewers have allowed 17 runs or more in a game 17 times in franchise history (most recently in 2009), but that was the only time they were shut out in the game.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to Seattle Pilot and 1970 Brewer Jerry McNertney. He turns 75.