Yesterday's edition of this series focused on CC Sabathia, who pitched the last one hitter in Brewer franchise history back in 2008. As it turns out, that game was played almost 21 years to the day after the second to last one hitter in Brewer history, thrown on this day in 1987 by Teddy Higuera.
Higuera's Brewer career was shorter than it should have been, but it's worth noting that for a three year stretch from 1986-88 he was as good as anyone in baseball. He was worth a combined 21.5 rWAR over those three seasons, and his 1987 season (3.85 ERA, 14 complete games, 261.2 IP) was actually the least valuable of the three. On this day he was dominant, shutting out the Royals on one hit with two walks and nine strikeouts.
The Brewer offense waited until the last minute to get him the victory: Bret Saberhagen shut them out for eight innings but allowed two runs in the ninth on RBI singles from Rob Deer and Ernest Riles.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 1963-65 Milwaukee Brave Rico Carty. He turns 72.