Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, August 9th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (49-66) at Seattle Mariners (53-61), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Kyle Lohse (7-7, 3.23)
Seattle - Joe Saunders (10-10, 4.58)
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers return to Seattle for the first time
in 16 years on Friday, as they begin a three-game interleague series versus
the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Milwaukee hasn't visited the Emerald City since Aug. 11-12, 1997. Of course,
the Brewers joined the National League the following year and the last six
meetings between the two have taken place in Milwaukee.
"This interleague stuff, it's really nice," said Brewers third baseman Aramis
Ramirez, who could return from the disabled list at some point this weekend.
"There are still some places in the American League I haven't been to."
Milwaukee heads into this series on the heels of splitting a four-game set
with the San Francisco Giants that culminated with a 4-1 loss on Thursday.
Donovan Hand (0-4) was tagged in defeat for seven hits and four runs, fanning
four and walking as many in just five frames for the Brewers, who have dropped
five of their last eight.
Getting the call for the Brewers on Friday will be righty Kyle Lohse, who is
7-7 with a 3.23 ERA. Lohse did not get a decision on Sunday against
Washington, as the Nationals reached him for three runs (2 earned) and five
hits in five innings. He had tossed six scoreless innings in a no-decision in
his previous start.
"Not every day is going to be easy, you're not going to get every pitch," said
Lohse, who's lost only once since May 30. "You've just got to go out there and
battle and give what you can to keep the team in the game. You keep it close
long enough and give these guys a chance, some days it works out."
Lohse has faced the Mariners 10 times and is 2-5 with a 4.45 ERA.
Seattle, meanwhile, salvaged the finale of its three-game set with the Toronto
Blue Jays on Wednesday, rallying for a 9-7 win. The Mariners scored six times
in the fifth inning of that one to post their largest comeback win since April
"We got kind of shut down the last couple games, but overall, we've been
swinging the bats really well one through nine," outfielder Michael Saunders
Hoping to keep the M's in the win column on Friday will be lefty Joe Saunders,
who has won five of his last seven starts. Saunders beat the Baltimore Orioles
on Sunday, holding them to a pair of runs in six innings to run his record to
10-10 on the year to go along with a 4.58 ERA.
Saunders is 0-1 in two starts versus the Brewers with a 5.68 ERA.
Milwaukee has won four of its last six matchups with the Mariners.
08/09 10:32:47 ET