MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Once again, Milwaukee Brewers fans sat inside
and got all wet.
A severe thunderstorm hit the area in the fifth inning, and rain
poured through the roof just as it did during the Home Run Derby at
last month's All-Star game.
"It's obviously very disappointing and troublesome to us to
have that kind of water in the park,'' said Scott Jenkins, vice
president of stadium operations. "The (stadium board) district is
committed to finding ways to improve the situation. We don't know
what that is yet. It's obviously unacceptable.''
Miller Park opened last season. The fan-shaped roof at the $400
million ballpark has five retractible panels, which have had
problems handling a driving rain.
Winds of 65-70 mph blew the protective flashings out of place
Wednesday, allowing rain to cascade into the stands behind home
plate and on the right side of the infield.
"It wasn't just leaking. It was pouring,'' Phillies first
baseman Travis Lee said.
Some fans opened umbrellas and sat through the surprise shower,
which fell over the first and second levels of seats. Some moved
for cover, and slowly headed back to their seats as the storm
passed an inning later.
Wendy Duerkop of Fall Creek, Wis., stayed in her seat behind
home plate for a few minutes, but moved to a dry area before
"It felt good at first with how muggy it is in here,'' she
said. "But then it really started coming down.''
Jimmy Rollins had three RBI for the Phillies, who tied a season
high with 17 hits and snapped a three-game losing streak.
Abreu also doubled, stole a base and scored twice. Joe Roa
pitched seven strong innings to beat the Brewers for the second
In their three previous losses, the only run the Phillies scored
came on a home run. The Phillies also went 1-for-17 with runners in
scoring position in that stretch, but against the Brewers on
Wednesday they were 9-for-20.
Roa (2-1) was not as dominating as his last start Thursday, when
he shut out the Brewers for seven innings for his first major
league victory since 1997.
The Phillies chased Ben Sheets (7-15) in the sixth as they
pushed the lead to 7-3 on Rollins' RBI single and Abreu's two-run
Marlon Anderson doubled and advanced on Roa's sacrifice. Ricky
Ledee walked, and Rollins ended Sheets' night with his second hit
of the game.
Valerio De Los Santos gave up Abreu's RBI double, the fourth of
a season-high seven doubles by the Phillies.
Sheets, who was looking for his third win in a row, went 5 1/3
innings, allowing seven runs, 10 hits and four walks.
"He lost his command,'' Brewers manager Jerry Royster said.
"He started off pitching pretty darn good, using all his pitches.
Then he lost his command, left some pitches over the plate and they
Pat Burrell had an RBI single in the eighth. The Phillies tacked
on five more runs in the ninth, highlighted by Abreu's two-run
homer and Rollins' two-run double.
Stairs made it 3-2 with a solo homer in the fourth, but the
Phillies went ahead to stay on Lee's two-run double in the fifth.
The Phillies tied it in the fourth, scoring two runs on four
straight hits before Sheets retired a batter. Mike Lieberthal
doubled and advanced on Lee's single. Placido Polanco and Anderson
each had a run-scoring single before Roa fouled out trying to bunt.
Hernandez hit his 23rd home run in the second.
Sheets and Roa each needed just 10 pitches to retire the
side in the first inning. ... Hernandez extended his hitting streak
to a career-best 10 games.