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Today In Brewer History: When 20 wasn't enough

The 2002 Brewers were pretty good at finding ways to lose, as demonstrated eleven years ago today.

On this day in 2002 the Brewer bats had a big day at Miller Park, combining for 20 hits in a game against the Pirates. Jose Hernandez, Alex Sanchez, Richie Sexson, Eric Young and Lenny Harris all had multiple hits, and even reliever Shane Nance got in the act for his only MLB single and RBI as the Brewers plated ten runs.

Amazingly, though, ten runs on twenty hits would not be enough on this day. The Pirates scored eleven runs off Jose Cabrera en route to a 17-10 win. Pittsburgh had 16 hits in the game, including two for pitcher Kip Wells and home runs from outfielders Armando Rios and Craig Wilson. All eight pitchers who appeared in the game allowed at least one earned run.

The Brewers' 20 hits in this game set a franchise record for the most in a nine inning loss:

Date Opponent Hits Final score
August 24, 2002 Pirates 20 17-10
August 30, 2012 Cubs 17 12-11
Eight others

The Brewers' season-high for hits in a game this season is 16, set on June 10 against the Marlins and tied on August 10 against the Mariners. Their season-high for hits in a loss is 14, set against the Cardinals on May 4 and tied against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 2000 and 2002 Brewer Everett Stull. He turns 42.

Today is the 20th anniversary of Kevin Reimer tying a franchise record with six hits in a win over the A's in 1993, and the 44th anniversary of the Seattle Pilots trading away Jim Bouton in 1969. We covered those events in this space last year and two years ago, respectively.