August pitched for four seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers, from 1988-1991. In 88 games he posted a 34-30 record with a 4.64 ERA. His best year was his rookie season as he went 13-7 with a 3.09 ERA and finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year vote. He won 12 games in 1989, but saw his ERA jump to 5.31. August was never able to get his ERA back under five and was out of the big leagues by 1992.
August pitched professionally from 1985-1996, which included two seasons in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
He made his major league debut on June 2, 1988, against the California Angels in Milwaukee. He entered the game in the sixth inning in relief of Odell Jones and Paul Mirabella and pitched two no-hit innings to get the win.
On May 1, 1991, the Brewers hosted the Chicago White Sox in what ended up being a 19-inning contest. August pitched the final five innings of the game for Milwaukee, giving up six hits and three runs. He earned the win when Willie Randolph singled in Jim Gantner in the bottom of the 19th inning.
The Toronto Blue Jays opened their brand new stadium, SkyDome, on June 5, 1989. August was there with Milwaukee and started the game for the Brewers. He pitched 5-and-1/3 innings and gave up six hits and two runs, good enough to earn the win in a 5-3 Milwaukee victory, making him the first pitcher to win a game in the brand new ballpark.
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August has a podcast on wisconsinsportsstream.com where he tells baseball stories.
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