With two games being played in a split-squad double-header day, the choice was whether to follow the better looking team to the White Sox complex or come to Milwaukee's park.
I've used this rule of thumb: When in doubt, follow the manager. Don Wakamatsu is here in Maryvale watdching the Brewers beat the Mariners, 4-0, on a sloppy field in a sloppier game.
Heavy rains left the warning tracks muddy messes, the grass wet - you can splash in the grass behind home plate. Errors by Dustin Ackley and Jose Lopez have hurt, and in the first ining Seattle had two doubles and a single and did not score.
Eric Byrnes was caught stealing and the rally fizzled. Doug Fister gave up three runs, Mark Lowe a fourth and, in the fourth, it's 4-0 here - and 1-0 White Sox in the other game.
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Guess bench coach Ty Van Burkleo, managing in Glendale, isn't having much luck with the offense there, either.
- Vs. Chicago, lefty Ryan Feierabend pitched two perfect innings in relief.
- It was ruled a double, but Lopez just misplayed another backhand at third base. He doesn't look comfortable making that play, and he's missed two of them today.
- Casey Kotchman and Matt Tuiasosopo doubled back to back to tie it at 1-1, but Alex Rios homered to put Chicago ahead again. Tuiasosopo then tied it with another base hit, and a Chris Woodward sacrifice fly has Seattle ahead, 3-2.
- Mike Sweeney, who began the day with five hits in six at-bats, went 2-for-3 in a start against the White Sox.
- Shawn Kelley got two quick outs in the Brewers fifth inning, then gave up a home run to Corey Hart. It's 5-0, Brewers.
- Dustin Ackley tripled and scored, so it's 5-1 Brewers. In the eighth, the Mariners have out-hit Milwaukee, 10-9.
- Against the White Sox, rookies Steven Baron and Nick Franklin each had hits and the Mariners lead is now 5-3 in the ninth. Franklin followed his single with two stolen bases.
- They're finals. Mariners beat the White Sox, 5-4, and lost to the Brewers, 6-2. That puts their Cactus League record at 3-3.