SEATTLE — For seven innings, Seattle fans witnessed a pitchers’ duel. Doc Medich of the Brewers and Jim Beattie of the Mariners shut out the opposition. Once they were removed, offense suddenly had the advantage.
Beattie left the game prior to the start of the seventh inning, and the Brewers roughed up relievers Bryan Clark and Ron Musselman in the eighth. Milwaukee reached on four consecutive singles, scoring three runs to build what seemed to be an insurmountable lead with Rollie Fingers waiting in the wings.
It was Medich that Brewers fans were worried about. He was far from impressive in his Brewers debut on August 15 against the Blue Jays, walking six in 5 1/3 innings. So when Medich pitched seven shutout innings, limiting the Mariners to three hits and a walk, it felt safe to hand the ball to Fingers, who had been out since August 13 with a sore pitching elbow.
Fingers was fine in the eighth, allowing a harmless two-out single to Joe Simpson. But Al Cowens led off the bottom of the ninth with a double to left and Dave Revering hit a two-run homer to make it a one-run game. Fingers would retire Rick Sweet and Dave Henderson to end the game, but not before making Brewers fans sweat.
Maybe Fingers was just rusty. That is the hope. Because if this is a sign that he still isn’t healthy, trouble could be lurking for the Brewers. There simply is no replacement for a healthy Rollie Fingers.
The Brewers go for the sweep tomorrow at 6 pm CT.
Game Notes: The Boston Red Sox fell to the Oakland A’s 12-5, giving the Brewers a six game lead in the AL East. … Rickey Henderson stole his 114th base for the A’s today, putting him four shy of Lou Brock‘s single season record.