The Brewers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 last night, in a thrilling pitching duel between the Brewers’ Corbin Burnes and the Giants’ Logan Webb, along with the teams’ respective bullpens. The game sat tied 1-1 after all nine frames, but it would eventually come to an end after ten innings on a Rowdy Tellez RBI single down the right field line to walk it off. With this victory, the Brewers have come within three games of the top spot of the National League, and kept their Division lead at seven. With all of that excitement, the accomplishment that has flown under the radar is that Craig Counsell won his 500th game as Manager of the Brewers.
Only One Left To Beat
With this feat, Counsell becomes just the second Brewers skipper to win five hundred games or more, with Phil Garner being the only other to reach the milestone. Garner didn’t have many successful seasons, but he managed the team for longer than anyone else (eight years).
Garner is the franchise’s all time winningest manager, with five hundred and sixty three wins to his name. Counsell has been in the number two spot since May 23rd, 2021 when he won his four hundred and fifty seventh regular season game, tying Ned Yost for the title of the club’s second winningest manager.
So, he now sits with five hundred wins, putting him in the position to surpass Garner for the title of the winningest manager in franchise history by the end of next year, as long as all goes well. In the last few years, many have been wondering if he can be called the greatest skipper in franchise history. If he can surpass Garner, and maybe make a deep playoff run this season, he can all but lock up that title.