Just when Don Wakamatsu thought he had a hot bat in the heart of Seattle's offense, Mike Sweeney went down - again - with a bad back and was a late lineup scratch.
Replacing Sweeney at first base: Josh-not-Jack Wilson.
The Mariners may start taking applications. Wanted: Someone who can drive in a run. Any run. Any time. Salary negotiable.
Jose Lopez is on a nine-game hitting streak but, behind him, Milton Bradley is 0-for-21. Scoring runs is going to remain a major issue, and against the Brewers, it's had to expect one or wo runs to be enough.
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Doug Fister will try to make whatever he gets enough, and so will Milwaukee's Randy Wolf.
- The running continues. The Mariners have seven steals in their last two losses, and after drawing a one-out walk in the first inning, Chone Figgins stole his 20th base - the seventh consecutive year he's swiped at least that many. He was stranded at second.
- Milton Bradley was safe on an E-6, Josh Wilson walked and Jack Wilson singled to load 'em up with no one out. Rob Johnson grounded out, Bradley scoring. Fister struck out. With runners at second and third base, Ichiro was hit by a pitch. Figgins grounded out. In the second: Seattle 1, Milwaukee 0.
- Snapping an 0-for-23 streak, Bradley hit his seventh home run of the season with two outs. Josh Wilson singled. Jack Wilson doubled. Johnson was intentionally walked. Fister struck out. In the third: Seattle 2, Milwaukee 0.
- With one out, Wolf doubled and Rickie Weeks walked. Corey Hart doubled home two runs, took third on the throw to the plate and, when Fister - backing up the plate - threw wild to third base, Hart scored on his error. Yikes! Prince Fielder homered, his 15th. After three: Milwaukee 4, Seattle 2.
- Figgins drew his second walk of the day with one out, and scored when Franklin Gutierrez doubled. Jose Lopez homered, extending his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games In the fourth: Seattle 5, Milwaukee 4.
- Fister labored throught he fourth, hurt by a Jack Wilson error, and threw his 92nd pitch . That's beyond his pre-game limit today, his first start after nearly a month on the disabled list. Figure Brian Sweeney will start the fifth inning for Seattle.
- Batting for Fister, Mike Carp singled with one out. Ichiro singled, but Figgins flied out. Seattle has left nine men on base in five innings. Now pitching for the Mariners: Brian Sweeney.
- Mr. Sweeney has pitched the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, allowing one base runner. This would have been a fine time for Seattle to add on, but the Mariners have now left 11 men on base.