On this day in 1995 the Brewers beat the Blue Jays 14-5 at County Stadium, providing 18 hits and six walks en route to an easy victory. Jose Valentin was the day's biggest offensive hero, going 3-for-3 with a walk, double and triple and scoring three runs from the #9 spot in the lineup.
Darryl Hamilton also had a double, scored twice and drove in three runs in the game while making a little bit of history. His seventh inning walk gave him at least one in nine consecutive games, tying a franchise record. At this point he was the second Brewer ever to accomplish that feat, but a third has since joined them:
It's worth noting that Hamilton wasn't exactly a major offensive threat at this point. Despite walking ten times in nine days he hit just .241/.436/.310 during the streak and ended this day with a .238/.407/.286 line for the season.
Hamilton played parts of seven seasons as a Brewer and drew 206 walks, the 36th most in franchise history.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- Blake Lalli, who turns 30.
- 2009 and 2011 Brewer Felipe Lopez, who turns 33.
- 2003-05 Brewer Wes Helms, who turns 37.
- 1984 Brewer Willie Lozado, who turns 54.
- 1982 Brewer Kevin Bass, who turns 54.
- 1971-73 Brewer Bob Heise, who turns 66.
- 1970-71 Brewer Ted Kubiak, who turns 71.
- 1971 Brewer Floyd Weaver, who would have turned 72.
- 1964-65 Milwaukee Brave and 1974 Brewer Felipe Alou, who turns 78.
- Milwaukee native Lave Cross, who would have turned 147. Cross played 21 major league seasons as a member of the Phillies and eight other teams.
Today is also the 41st anniversary of the Brewers' 22 inning win over the Twins in 1972, the longest win in franchise history. We covered that event in this space last year. It's also the 31st anniversary of Paul Molitor's three-homer game, which we covered in this space two years ago.