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Today In Brewer History: One hit, one win

The Brewers beat the Royals with next to no offense 42 years ago today.

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On this day in 1971 just 5,385 fans interrupted their Thursday to watch the Brewers and Royals play at County Stadium, but the handful of people in attendance got to witness a pretty impressive feat.

The Brewers still didn't have a hit in the game when outfielder Jose Cardenal was hit by a pitch leading off the second inning, advanced to second on Dave May's walk, went to third on Darrell Porter's groundout and scored on an RBI grounder by Tommy Matchick. That run turned out to be important, because it was the day's only tally.

The Crew did get a hit in the next inning, as Ron Theobald singled to left before getting caught stealing second. That was the extent of the day's offense, though, as the Brewers won 1-0 with just one single in the box score. Mike Hedlund was the tough luck loser for the Royals, while Marty Pattin pitched a complete game shutout for the victory.

This is the only time in franchise history where the Brewers have won with just one hit. Across baseball this happens from time to time, but the lone hit is usually a home run. A one-hit win where the lone base knock is a single has only happened 13 times in the 42 years since this game, and was most recently done by the Dodgers in September of 2010.

This game also featured the major league debut of catcher Darrell Porter, who at the time was the youngest player in franchise history. We covered that event in this space two years ago.

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