On this day in 2011 the Brewers entered play dragging an 0-4 record after a disastrous opening series in Cincinnati and a loss in the home opener. The Brewers needed a lift to turn things around and they got one from Yovani Gallardo.
Gallardo went the distance in this game and allowed just two hits and two walks. He also singled and scored in the third inning, and that proved to be the difference in a 1-0 Brewer victory.
Gallardo's outing is notable in its own right, but it becomes even more historically significant when you note that no Brewer has pitched a complete game since. Wednesday night was the Crew's 322nd game in a row without a complete game, and it's the longest streak in major league history:
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 2004-06 Brewer Jorge De La Rosa, who turns 32.
- 1996 Brewer Cris Carpenter, who turns 48.
- 1901 Milwaukee Brewer Wid Conroy, who would have turned 136.
Today is also the 39th anniversary of Robin Yount's major league debut (covered in this space last year), and Shaun Marcum's near-Opening Day no-hitter in 2010 as a member of the Blue Jays (covered in this space two years ago).