On this day in 2005 the Brewers fell behind 4-1 early but scored a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth en route to a 7-6 comeback victory. Their first run scored in the first inning when Rickie Weeks hit a solo shot off Johan Santana, and the last three scored when Prince Fielder hit a pinch-hit, three run home run off Jesse Crain.
Weeks and Fielder have both hit many home runs since, but I'd guess they both remember their shots on this day because for each player it was their first in the major leagues. Fielder eventually finished his Brewer career with 230 (including two in 2005), the second most in franchise history, and Rickie Weeks is also climbing the leaderboard with more than 110. Thirteen of those came in 2005, his first extended action in the majors.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- Aramis Ramirez, who turns 34.
- 2000 Brewer Kane Davis, who turns 37.
- 1998 Brewer Brad Woodall, who turns 43.
- Seattle Pilot and 1970-71 Brewer John Gelnar, who turns 69.
- 1955-58 Milwaukee Brave Humberto Robinson, who would have turned 82.
Today is also the fifth anniversary of Manny Parra's 2007 perfect game in AAA. We covered that event in this space last year.