On this day in 2011 the Brewer bullpen had a meltdown so severe that the word meltdown scantly describes it. They took a 6-5 lead to the eighth inning and left trailing 13-6 as Mitch Stetter, Kameron Loe and Mike McClendon combined to face 13 batters and retire just three.
Sadly, that debacle obscured a historic moment from earlier in the day. In the fifth inning Prince Fielder took Tim Stauffer deep to right center for his 200th career home run.
At the time Fielder was only the fifth Brewer ever to reach 200, joining Robin Yount (251), Geoff Jenkins (212), Gorman Thomas (208) and Cecil Cooper (201). Ryan Braun has since joined this club, and his solo homer last night gave him 210.
Fielder finished his Brewer career with 230 home runs, the second most in franchise history.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 2006-07 Brewer Francisco Cordero. He turns 38.
Today is also the 19th anniversary of Jeff Cirillo's major league debut, which we covered in this space last year, and the 13th anniversary of the Brewers and Cubs playing the longest nine inning game in NL history, which we covered in this space two years ago.