On this day in 2001 the Brewers lost 5-2 to the Reds with the big blow coming in the sixth inning, when Ken Griffey Jr. gave Cincinnati the lead with a three run home run off reliever Mac Suzuki.
Brewer batters managed eight hits in the game but struck out ten times and one of those K's was the team's 1269th of the season, setting a new major league record.
The Brewers eventually finished the season with 1399 K's, blowing the old record away. These were some of the leading offenders:
This record stood for most of a decade before the Diamondbacks crushed it by striking out 1529 times in 2010.
With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- AZL Brewer Austin Hall, who turns 24.
- 2010 Brewer Jeremy Jeffress, who turns 25.
- 2003-06 and 2010 Brewer Doug Davis, who turns 37.
Today is also the tenth anniversary of a 3-1 loss to the Giants in 2002 that clinched the only 100 loss season in Brewer franchise history. We covered that event in this space last year.