Follow me live from the Miller Park Press Box on Twitter @ MilwBrewersBeat. I’ll be giving you the most amusing anecdotes from Game 2 in this Interleague series as the Milwaukee Brewers try to extend their winning streak to six games. I am also covering the game today for Fox Sports Wisconsin, of which you can read more here.
If you were enjoying World Cup Soccer Saturday, you will be happy to know that the Brewers players were right there with you. The team warmed-up by kicking the soccer ball around in the locker room and then moved the warm-up out onto the field here at Miller Park. The Crew has now conducted two soccer warm-ups in as many days.
By: Melissa S. Wollering
With 20 games in a row on tap without a day off, the Crew’s arm corps is in the midst of an intense test of endurance. Randy Wolf takes the mound Saturday against the Seattle Mariners, despite the fact his homestands as of late aren’t exactly peas and carrots.
Unhappy with taking lumps from the Chicago Cubs in the only start in the Brewers’ last homestand, Wolf wasn’t going to repeat his forfeiture of eight runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels and Rockies.
So in Wolf’s last two outings and combined 14 innings, he has surrendered only six hits and three runs to record a 1.93 ERA. Look for Wolf to try to continue that frugality today.
Meanwhile, Seattle activated RHP Doug Fister from the 15-day disabled list to start against the Brewers. Fister is 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 10 starts this season, and pitched four innings in his rehab start June 20. Fister struck out three, walked none and surrended four hits and two runs, both earned.
Today’s lineup has few surprises. Jim Edmonds is in centerfield again on the eve of his 40th birthday, rather than Carlos Gomez. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy gets the day off after recording his first home run in the majors last night and soaking in a standing ovation from fans. George Kotteras will take on the catching duties behind the plate.
2B RICKIE WEEKS
RF COREY HART
1B PRINCE FIELDER
LF RYAN BRAUN
3B CASEY McGEHEE
CF JIM EDMONDS
SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR
C GEORGE KOTTARAS
SP RANDY WOLF
Look for more in-depth coverage after the game and feature stories throughout the week as we The Sportsbank.net brings you exclusive material from inside the Clubhouse, including the latest on Doug Davis’ return from the DL, Rickie Weeks baseball-leading hit-by-pitch abuse and a discussion on who from the team could make the All Star Roster.
Follow Melissa Wollering on Twitter @MilwBrewersBeatFollow paulmbanks