Stat of the Day: Cousins' eye-popping debut

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MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Brewers this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

June 21: D-backs 5, Brewers 1 -- Cousins' eye-popping debut
If there was a bright spot for the Brewers in this one, it was the Major League debut of 26-year-old right-hander Jake Cousins, who struck out five batters in two scoreless innings while flashing a power fastball and a plus slider. The five strikeouts were a record for a pitcher making his big league debut in relief, one more than Willie Mueller's four strikeouts against the Red Sox over 3 2/3 innings in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Aug. 12, 1978.

"I was really proud of him and happy for him," manager Craig Counsell said.

June 20: Brewers 7, Rockies 6 -- Home run barrage
Believe it or not, the Brewers have had worse innings than the bottom of the sixth inning on Sunday, when the Rockies hit four home runs and erased Milwaukee's 6-0 lead. The Brewers matched the Major League record by surrendering five home runs in a single inning on July 27, 2017, at Washington, when Michael Blazek saw five hitters go deep in a six-hitter span in the third inning of a 15-2 loss. Sunday marked the sixth time Brewers pitchers have allowed exactly four homers in an inning. Here's that list:

June 20, 2021 at Colorado, 6th inning
Aug. 11, 2010 vs Arizona, 4th inning
June 6, 1999 vs Colorado, 7th inning
May 26, 1996 vs Chicago White Sox, 8th inning
Sept. 10, 1986 vs Detroit, 4th inning
May 31, 1980 vs Boston, 4th inning

June 19: Brewers 6, Rockies 5 -- Adames' big night
With three doubles and a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning, Willy Adames set a career high with 10 total bases. His prior career high was eight total bases, which also came earlier this season. On May 27 against the Padres, he singled twice, doubled and homered in another 6-5 win.

June 18: Rockies 6, Brewers 5 -- Double trouble
The Brewers still rank near the bottom of baseball in grounding into double plays, even after hitting into seven of them in back-to-back losses to open their series against the Rockies. Despite that, the Brewers are tied for fourth-fewest in the Majors with the Marlins at 39 -- but that may in part be because they have had trouble putting runners on base in the first place this season (last in team batting average, 25th in on-base percentage). They are racking up the twin-killings this week. "If anything sticks out in the series, that’s it," manager Craig Counsell said. "It’s seven less hitters they have to face. A couple double plays, you’d think. But we’ve had seven. It really bailed out [Rockies starter Antonio] Senzatela today. He didn’t strike anybody out, but got out of some innings with double plays. Seven double plays is not a great recipe."

June 17: Rockies 7, Brewers 3 -- Five-spot off Woodruff
In jumping to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, the Rockies presented Brandon Woodruff with a career first he'd rather forget. In his 363 2/3 big-league innings coming into the game, Woodruff had never allowed five runs in an inning while he was on the mound. He was charged with five runs in an inning on only one previous occasion -- the third inning on Sept. 27, 2017 against the Reds, when Woodruff departed with the bases loaded and three runs across in the inning, then saw two of those runners score against relievers Wei-Chung Wang and Carlos Torres. That was Woodruff’s eighth career start.

June 16: Reds 2, Brewers 1 -- A rare sweep by rivals
It had been a while since the Reds handled the Brewers the way they did this week, holding the Crew to four runs in the three-game set. Milwaukee had not been swept by Cincinnati since Sept. 4-6, 2017. That was at Great American Ball Park. The Brewers had not been swept by the Reds in Milwaukee in nearly 12 years, since Aug. 25-27, 2009, when the Crew lost the first game in 13 innings, the second game in 10 innings and blew a 4-0 lead in the first inning to lose the finale as well.

June 15: Reds 2, Brewers 1 (10 innings) -- Crew on wrong side of 2-hit history
The Brewers became only the 18th team since 1901 to lose an extra-inning game while allowing two or fewer hits, and the first to do so since the Dodgers lost a no-hit bid in the bottom of the 10th inning in Pittsburgh on Aug. 23, 2017, on Josh Harrison's walk-off home run.

The other 17 such occurrences include some quite memorable games, most notably Harvey Haddix's heartbreaker against the Milwaukee Braves at County Stadium on May 26, 1959. Haddix pitched a perfect game for 12 innings, but he saw it unravel in the bottom of the 13th on an error, an intentional walk and Joe Adcock's walk-off hit -- an apparent home run which was later ruled a double because of a baserunning snafu.

June 14: Reds 10, Brewers 2 -- Yelich taking his walks in '21
The Brewers had only one baserunner after the second inning in their series opener against the Reds -- Christian Yelich, who worked a walk leading off the sixth. It marked his eighth consecutive game started with a walk, extending a streak that was already the longest of Yelich's career, helping to boost an on-base percentage that stands at .406. Before this season, Yelich had never walked as a starter in more than five straight games.

June 13: Brewers 5, Pirates 2 -- Hader shuts the door
In Friday's series opener with the Pirates, Josh Hader picked up the save in the 7-4 win. He did the same thing in the 7-4 win on Saturday. Then on Sunday, Hader closed out against Pittsburgh for a third time to complete the sweep. In closing out all three games, it became the first time in Hader's five-year career that he's picked up three saves in a three-game sweep. It's also the first time any Milwaukee pitcher has done it since Jeremy Jeffress from July 29-31, 2016.

June 12: Brewers 7, Pirates 4 -- Burnes matches Peralta
Despite making it through just four innings, Corbin Burnes managed to record eight strikeouts against the Pirates. That ran his streak of consecutive starts with seven-plus strikeouts to begin a season to 11 in 2021. Burnes' new mark moves him into a three-way tie for the fourth-longest streak (since 1901) with Max Scherzer (2019) and Freddy Peralta, Burnes' fellow Brewers starter whose own streak came to an end on Thursday.

June 11: Brewers 7, Pirates 4 -- Patience pays off
The Brewers' patience in the bottom of the seventh against the Pirates helped them do some things the team hasn't done in quite some time. Milwaukee drew six walks off of two Pittsburgh relievers in the five-run frame. Only two other times in franchise history have the Brewers taken six walks in a single inning: in the third against Toronto on May 19, 1977, and in the fifth against San Francisco on Sept. 21, 2006. Out of those six walks, the last three all came consecutively with the bases loaded. The last time Milwaukee drew three straight bases-loaded free passes? June 3, 2009, against the Marlins.

June 10: Brewers 7, Reds 2 -- Peralta's K streak stops at 11
Freddy Peralta was pulled from his start against the Reds after a 37-minute rain delay with six strikeouts in four innings. His exit put an end to a streak of 11 consecutive starts with seven-plus strikeouts to begin the season. Peralta is tied with Max Scherzer (11 straight to begin 2019) for the fourth-longest streak since 1901, behind Shane Bieber (12, 2020) and Randy Johnson (15, both 1999 and 2000). It's also worth noting that Peralta's rotation-mate, Corbin Burnes, is on an active streak of 10 straight starts with seven-plus strikeouts to begin the year.

June 9: Reds 7, Brewers 3 -- Four-hit Willy
Willy Adames already has a pair of four-hit nights for the Brewers in just 17 games with his new team, and it's not supposed to be that easy. There have been only 58 instances in franchise history of a player collecting at least three games of four or more hits, and only 26 instances with at least four four-hit games -- most recently Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich in 2018.

The record is seven games in a single season with at least four hits, and it shouldn't surprise you that the mark belongs to Paul Molitor. He did so in 1991, when "The Ignitor" batted .325 and led the Majors with 215 hits.

June 8: Brewers 5, Reds 1 -- Boxberger finding groove in 2021
The local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America annually honors a Brewers "unsung hero," and the leading candidate at the 60-game mark has to be veteran reliever Brad Boxberger, who didn't make the Opening Day roster and yet leads the team with 27 appearances while posting a 0.85 WHIP. That works out to a pace of 72 appearances in a 162-game season, which would place Boxberger among the top-20 workloads for a righty reliever in franchise history.

June 6: Brewers 2, D-backs 0 -- Burnes brushes with history
The Brewers have had some good strikeout pitchers in their history, but they've never had anyone with the pinpoint accuracy that Corbin Burnes has displayed this season. He already has four outings with double-digit strikeouts and no walks, twice as many as any pitcher in any season in Brewers history -- and Burnes has done it in his first 10 starts of the year. In fact, only two other Brewers pitchers have two starts in a season with 10-plus strikeouts and no walks: Ben Sheets in 2004 and '06, and Jimmy Nelson in 2017.

June 5: Brewers 7, D-backs 5 -- Woodruff's QS streak ends
Brandon Woodruff's streak of quality starts ended at 10, the longest run of outings of at least six innings and three or fewer earned runs since CC Sabathia delivered 13 in a row during his incredible run with the Brewers in 2008. Woodruff would have had to keep going for a long time to get to the Major League single-season record, which is shared by a pair of former Cardinals hurlers. Bob Gibson (1968) and Chris Carpenter (2005) each delivered 22 consecutive quality starts in a single year.

"I wish every outing could be a quality start," Woodruff said. "You learn more from this one, battling through [five innings], than you would going six, seven innings and kind of having a breeze."

June 4: Brewers 5, D-backs 1 -- Five outs from history
According to Elias, Freddy Peralta was the first Brewers pitcher to come as close as five outs from a no-hitter since Dave Bush in April 2009 at Philadelphia, and the eighth pitcher in franchise history (which includes the 1969 Seattle Pilots) to get that far. Only Juan Nieves got to the finish line. In chronological order, here are the other pitchers who got at least as far as Peralta did on Friday night:

April 29, 1969: Marty Pattin vs. Angels (two outs in eighth)
July 5, 1979: Lary Sorensen at Yankees (one out in eighth)
Sept. 5, 1981: Jim Slaton at Twins (no outs in ninth)
April 15, 1987: Nieves at Orioles (no-hitter)
Sept. 1, 1987: Teddy Higuera at Royals (two outs in eighth)
May 28, 1988: Odell Jones at Indians (one out in ninth)
April 23, 2009: Bush at Phillies (one out in eighth)

June 3: Brewers 7, D-backs 4 -- Crew is homer-happy
With five home runs in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers and four more in Thursday's win over the D-backs, the Brewers have hit at least four homers in consecutive games for the ninth time in franchise history, and only the third time in the Miller Park/American Family Field era -- though neither of the previous two were at home. They also did it Aug. 17-18, 2019, at Washington and June 11-12, 2008, at Houston. There were also back-to-back four-homer games on the road at Detroit and New York in 1992.

But to find the last instance at home, you have to go all the way back to July 16-17, 1983, against the Twins at County Stadium. The names are great; Bill Schroeder, Jim Gantner, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount homered one night, and Gantner and Molitor went deep again with two home runs from Cecil Cooper the next. It was the only time in Gantner's 17-year Major League career that he hit home runs in consecutive games.

June 1: Tigers 10, Brewers 7 -- Power-packed foursome
Milwaukee's Kolten Wong and Tyrone Taylor and Detroit's Eric Haase and Jonathan Schoop all hit two homers apiece as the Tigers and Brewers combined to match a modern Major League record: Four players with multiple home runs in the same game. It’s only happened seven times since 1901, though it's happening more often in an era of all-or-nothing offense. Four of the seven occurrences, including Tuesday's, have come since the start of 2019. Before that, it hadn't happened since a Rockies-Expos game at Coors Field in 1999.