On this day in 2007 the Brewers beat the Cubs 7-5 in Milwaukee behind home runs from Corey Hart, Ryan Braun and Tony Graffanino. The 38,535 fans in attendance, however, might not have realized that they witnessed a little history when the Cubs were at the plate.
Aramis Ramirez, playing third base and batting cleanup for the Cubs, went 1-for-4 in this game with a walk and a ninth inning single. That single gave him hits in eighteen consecutive games at Miller Park, the longest streak in that facility's eleven year history.
The streak started on May 4, 2005 when Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a double in a 4-3 Brewer win. It wrapped up on June 6 of 2007, when he went 0-for-2 and was lifted from a start after just two innings. He hit .366/.425/.761 over the eighteen games. The feat has been matched once since, but never surpassed:
|Andruw Jones||2002-08||Braves, Dodgers||18|
|Jason Kendall||2004-08||Pirates, Brewers||17|
|Four players tied||16|
Of those four players tied, three were Brewers and all of them are unlikely candidates. Carlos Gomez (in 2011), Corey Hart (in 2007) and Richie Sexson (in 2002) all had 16 game streaks. Gomez also has the longest streak that stretched into 2012: He had a hit in 12 consecutive Miller Park games between September 10 of 2011 and May 21 of this year.
With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday to:
- Brevard County Manatee Jimmy Nelson, who turns 23.
- 2001 Brewer Mike Coolbaugh, who would have turned 40.
- Former #13 overall pick and 1989-94 Brewer Bill Spiers, who turns 46. We covered his birthday in this space last year.