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Today In Brewer History: Dan Plesac Saves The Day One Last Time

On this day in 1992 the Brewers beat the Tigers 6-3 in Detroit to improve to 72-62 on the season. The Brewers scored individual runs in six different innings in the game but Darryl Hamilton drove in three of them with a solo home run and a pair of RBI singles.

The Brewers carried a three run lead into the ninth when closer Doug Henry, on in relief of Chris Bosio, allowed the first two batters he faced to reach. The Brewers called to the bullpen again and brought in the most prolific closer in franchise history, Dan Plesac.

Plesac had 132 career saves at this point in his career but had been replaced in the closer role by the rookie Henry a year earlier. He got a strikeout and a double play groundout to end the game and record his 133rd and final save as a Brewer. To this day he's still the franchise leader, although John Axford is starting to close the gap:

Pitcher Saves
Dan Plesac 133
Rollie Fingers 97
John Axford 93
Bob Wickman 79
Mike Fetters 79

Following the season Plesac signed as a free agent with the Cubs. He finished his career with 158 saves overall, and is sixth in major league history with 1064 appearances.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

  • Madison native Pat Neshek, who turns 32. Neshek has pitched six major league seasons and is a member of the 2012 A's.
  • 2000-02 Brewer Luis Lopez, who turns 42.
  • 1985-86 Brewer Paul Householder, who turns 54.
  • 1970-71 Brewer Bernie Smith, who turns 71.

Today is also the fifth anniversary of Francisco Cordero setting a Brewer single-season record by recording his 40th save in 2007. We covered that event in this space last year.