MILWAUKEE, JULY 30 -- Nolan Ryan's first attempt for career victory No. 300 produced more than personal disappointment for a man who enjoys sharing his success.
Not only did Ryan give up three homers, seven runs and 10 hits against the New York Yankees before leaving after eight innings, he let down the home folks who were eager to share another piece of history.
The Texas Rangers rallied to win the game last Wednesday, but Ryan, 43, failed to get the victory that would have made him the 20th major-leaguer to win 300 games.
Now in a different stadium 1,000 miles away, one that will be filled with fans rooting for and against him, Ryan will try again Tuesday.
Ryan, who said he welcomes the cooler climate of Milwaukee, doesn't want to prolong his quest.
"I'd like to get it over with as soon as possible," he said. "I don't want to disappoint people. I have a lot of people coming to this game. It's an inconvenience for them but they want to be a part of it. They've shared in my career."
He admits there is some pressure to get the 300th victory, especially after his poor outing last week.
"The only one I had to blame was myself. I made bad pitches. I hope that doesn't happen again," he said.
Of the last nine pitchers to get 300 victories, five did so on their first try; Don Sutton, the most recent member of the 300 club in June 1986, needed two starts and Phil Niekro, who made it in October 1985, needed five.
Ryan, 11-9 lifetime against the Brewers with a 3-5 career record at County Stadium, hasn't pitched in Milwaukee since April 12, 1989. That night he was overpowering. He lost a no-hitter in the eighth inning but won the game and struck out 15 for win No. 274.
The Rangers considered delaying Ryan's next start two days so he could go back to Texas and try for No. 300, but Manager Bobby Valentine decided to stay with his rotation. Ryan (10-4) has been bothered by a stress fracture in his back and will be pitching with an extra day's rest.
Ryan's quest to join one of baseball's most select lists is one that has been well-documented. That won't change Tuesday when more than 200 reporters come to County Stadium, along with ESPN and the Rangers TV network.
"In a summer where all the baseball news hasn't been outstanding, it's nice to have Nolan Ryan to talk about," said Milwaukee General Manager Harry Dalton, who engineered the trade that brought Ryan -- who has a major league record 5,211 career strikeouts and six no-hitters -- from the Mets to the California Angels almost 20 years ago.