Brewers 2, Pirates 1, 12 innings
There was Brooks Kieschnick, a slugger who always had trouble making contact, earning his first victory since reviving his career as a reliever.
And then there was Pittsburgh’s Randall Simon swinging a bat and hitting one of the Brewers’ popular racing sausages. Simon was questioned by sheriff’s officers.
“It was very strange,” Pirates outfielder Reggie Sanders said. “It was an unfortunate situation.”
Four people in sausage costumes race around the bases between the sixth and seventh innings at Brewers games as part of the entertainment for the fans.
Film showed that when the group went past the Pirates dugout, Simon swung a bat at the Italian sausage character—portrayed by a 20-year-old South Milwaukee woman—causing her to fall to the ground. As she fell, another person in a costume went down.
“They were doing the sausage race. He hit her with the baseball bat,” said Deputy Inspector Sherry Warichak of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, which provides security at Brewers games. “When he hit her, that other character fell.
“They both were treated at the scene for scraped knees, but at this point I don’t think they have any other complaints,” she said.
The Brewers won the game on Wes Helms’ RBI infield hit with two outs in the 12th.
Kieschnick (1-1) singled as a pinch-hitter in the 11th, then pitched a hitless 12th for the victory.
“I can’t even describe it. I’m so excited,” Kieschnick said. “This was a good, all-around win for us.”
Helms, who like Vander Wal was 0-was-5 until the last inning, followed with a slow, choppy grounder down the third-base line. Pittsburgh third baseman Aramis Ramirez charged on the ball but failed to field it cleanly.
“I didn’t like it because it was probably a pitch I should not have swung at 2-1,” Helms said. “It was a changeup, down, but I’m happy with it. I can’t complain about a game-winning single.
Joe Beimel (1-2) took the loss.
In the 10th, Sexson led off with an infield single and took second on a balk before another pitch was thrown, but was stranded.
Milwaukee’s Geoff Jenkins, who was added to the NL All-Star team earlier in the day, was 2-for-5 with one walk.
Sexson also walked, forcing home a run, but Kris Benson struck out Vander Wal and got Wes Helms to fly out to end the inning.
Pittsburgh tied it at 1 in the sixth. With one out, Jason Kendall singled and scored on Brian Giles’ triple to the right-center field gap. He was stranded at third when Ramirez grounded out and Wilson flied out.
Rusch allowed one earned run and four hits in six innings but has yet to win a game since his only victory April 8 against Pittsburgh. The left-hander, in the midst of a career-high 10-game losing streak, made his first start since June 18 after four appearances (three starts) at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Benson allowed one earned run and seven hits in six innings. His last victory was May 27.
The teams wore 1978-style uniforms. … Podsednik has reached base safely in 39 straight games, tying Barry Bonds for the longest streak in the majors this season. … Kenny Lofton’s double in the third inning gavePittsburgh an extra-base hit in a season-high 23 straight games.