Brian Sweeney holds Brew-crew in his debut 5-4

Sausage race in old Milwaukee


   The Seattle Mariners edged the Milwaukee Brewers in front of a sold-out crowd at Miller stadium today 5-4. The win by the Mariners snapped a five game winning streak for the Brewers and moved the Mariners to 9-8 in interleague play on the year. Doug Fister returned to the lineup today and had a gutsy performance despite the fact he obviously did not have the command of his pitches we saw earlier in the year. Fister threw 92 pitches in his four innings of work giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and walking one. The Mariners were able to stake Fister to an early lead scoring a run in the second off an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Rob Johnson with the bases loaded. In the third inning the struggling Milton Bradley hit a monster home run to left field putting the Mariners up 2-0. Of course when you are playing a club like the Brewers who lead the NL in home runs, a 2-0 lead is not enough and the Brewers came out swinging in the third.

  One of the quirks of  interleague play is the fact that NL pitchers actually have some experience swinging the bat versus AL pitchers who usually come to the plate without a clue. In today’s match-up Brewers starting pitcher the veteran Randy Wolf started a rally in the third with a double to right. Rickie Weeks then reached base on a walk and came around along with Wolf on a double by slugger Corey Hart. Hart then scored on an error by Fister making it 3-2. Big Prince Fielder sporting his sunglasses at the plate then connected for a solo shot to give the Brewers a 4-2 edge and send the goofy Brewer down the slide into the awaiting vat of beer.

  At this point in most Mariners games this year it would probably be time to go mow the lawn or take a walk around Greenlake. But our boys proved last week’s win streak was no fluke and came roaring back in the top of the fourth to take back the lead. With one down pesky Chone Figgins reached first on a walk and came around to score on a double by Franklin Gutierrez. Jose Lopez who is steadily heating up, then blasted another home run for the Mariners and we went up 5-4 to stay. Of course the big story of the day was the return to the mound of 36 year- old Brian Sweeney who got handed the ball in fifth inning after Fister gutted-out the fourth. Brian Sweeney last pitched for the Mariners in 2003 and came up from Tacoma where he was a dependable hand on the farm club. Sweeney moved the ball around the plate changing speeds to keep the Brewers bats silent for 4 innings giving up only 1 hit and most importantly not allowing a run. The Mariners may have found the missing link in an otherwise shaky bullpen.

  Though we were not able to score any more runs today it was entertaining to watch the famous sausage race which is way more entertaining than anything our Moose ever does! By the way what does a Moose have to do with a Mariner or anything nautical for that matter? Also entertaining was watching Brewers reliever Todd Coffey sprint in from the bullpen in the top of the 7th apparently he got the call late or was snacking on a brat himself, either way it was quite a sight. Unfortunately for the big fellow he lost a foot race to first base when Rob Johnson beat out an infield single off him-maybe a case of too many sausages or brews for the lumbering giant. I am hoping you get a chance to watch the game tomorrow as we finish out Interleague play. The whole set-up at Miller field is like a theme park for beer and sausages and the fans and some of the players seem like they fit right in. After this series we move on to Yankee stadium where things will be a little more intense but if the Mariners can play well-rounded games like today it could be interesting. Http://

Brewers dunk Mariners 8-3


     The Milwaukee Brewers welcomed the Seattle Mariners with plenty of beer, brats, and bats tonight beating the visiting Seafarers 8-3. This one started out quite nicely for the Mariners who had Ryan Rowland-Smith on the mound up against Dave Bush. Neither of tonight’s starters are known for their overpowering stuff and the Mariners managed to score 3 runs in the first three innings playing small ball.  Rowland-Smith had his big curve ball working early on and managed to get through the Brewers lineup without giving up a hit the first time through. For a minute it looked like we were going to revert back to last week’s ERA-heaven and with 3 runs we would cruise to a victory.

    That all changed when the Brewers who lead the NL in homers with 89 came to bat in the fourth inning. For some reason Rob Johnson called for a fastball to catcher Jonathon Lucroy with 2 outs, 2 on, and 2 strikes rather than sticking with the breaking ball and Lucroy hit his first career home run to tie the game at 3-3. I watched the goofy little guy with the yellow beard come down the slide and figured we had learned our lesson, but oh no Smith came back with the same pitch and Gomez hit another one out making it 4-3. So just like that our boys were introduced to the land of homers and cheese. The Brewers went on to score eight runs before this one was over on only eight hits. The mariners collected seven hits on the night but the big difference was once again the long ball. It is one thing to hold teams down to 1 or 2 runs at Safeco field and feel smug, but you still have to go on the road and play the other 81 games.

  On a positive note it was nice to see Mike Sweeney get the start at first tonight. Sweeney fielded his position well and picked up a couple of hits. Sweeney who played a lot of first with the Royals looks right at home tonight, both at first and in the cozy Miller field full of fun-loving Midwest type fans. Milwaukee fans love their Brewers and had one of their heroes Robin Yount throw out the first pitch on turn-back the clock night. The player were wearing the uniforms from 1982 which was the year that Hall of Famer Yount led his team to their last World Series appearance. Of course besides Gaylord Perry in 1982 the Mariners were not what you would call contenders that year. Another future Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman came in to pitch the 9th inning for the Brewers and set down the M’s in order. Hoffman is probably in his last year and at 42 years old has lost a lot of zip off his once mid-90’s fastball that he used with the Padres but has the all-time lead in saves with 596.

   This could be a long road trip for the Mariners who move on to play the Yankees then the Tigers after this series before returning home where Eric Bedard is scheduled to start on July 6th. If indeed Bedard makes it back into the rotation and proves he can produce, I look for Cliff Lee to go shortly thereafter. Jack Z. has shown some patience in giving the Mariners a chance to get back in this thing, but the reality is we need some help offensively. I just hope we can pick-up a player that can give our fans a reason to drink beer, eat brats, and brag as if we lived in Milwaukee.

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