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The Milwaukee Brewers had already dealt with plenty of adversity before finding out their second baseman will miss the remainder of the season due to injury.
That didn't stop them from putting up their best offensive performance in nearly two months in the series opener, and they'll seek their fourth victory in five games against the host Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
Already dealing with the 65-game suspension of Ryan Braun and a plethora of other injuries to key players, Milwaukee (50-66) learned Friday that Rickie Weeks won't play again in 2013 after tearing his left hamstring in Wednesday's 6-1 win over San Francisco.
"It's too bad," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Because when you have nice ballgames and you're playing OK, you want to enjoy them. But it seems like there's something that always comes up."
The Brewers didn't let the news immediately bother them, though, as Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to help beat his former team 10-5 on Friday.
"I feel a little more excited," Betancourt, who spent his first 4 12 seasons with the Mariners, said of his return to Seattle. "I have good memories of here, for the people here."
Norichika Aoki, who hit .125 in his previous seven games, went 2 for 5 and finished with three RBIs for Milwaukee, which hadn't scored that many runs since a 10-1 win over Miami on June 12.
The Brewers' offense may have more difficulty Saturday as Hisashi Iwakuma takes the mound for Seattle.
Iwakuma (10-5, 2.75 ERA) has been solid over his last five starts, going 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA. He allowed two runs in 7 1-3 innings Monday versus Toronto but was saddled with a 3-1 defeat.
It marked his first loss in 10 starts in which he pitched at least seven innings and allowed two runs or fewer after allowing both runs in the eighth.
"He pitched a really good game," acting manager Robby Thompson said. "We felt he was our best guy to send back out there for that eighth inning."
The right-hander ranks fifth in the AL in ERA despite going 0-3 with a 6.83 mark in the five starts before his current stretch.
Seattle (53-62) has dropped seven of 10, with the pitching staff posting a 5.13 ERA after allowing at least 10 runs for the 16th time.
Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer in the eighth and Kyle Seager also drove in two runs for the Mariners, who look to bounce back against Brewers starter Tom Gorzelanny, who makes his first start in eight days.
Gorzelanny (2-4, 2.78) was 1-3 with a 3.33 ERA in five starts before leaving his most recent outing after being struck on the left elbow with a line drive in the second inning Aug. 2. Milwaukee went on to lose that game 4-1 to Washington.
He missed his next scheduled start Wednesday and threw a bullpen session instead.
"I felt like I was good to go (Wednesday), but we were just being cautious with it," said Gorzelanny, who officially was diagnosed with a contusion. "There was still a little swelling in there and we didn't want to risk it. A couple extra days (rest won't hurt)."
The left-hander last faced Seattle in 2010 when he picked up a save for the Chicago Cubs.
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Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks will miss the remainder of the season with a strained left hamstring, the club announced Friday.
Weeks was injured while running to first base in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's game in San Francisco. After hitting a ground ball, Weeks dropped his bat and appeared to alter his stride to avoid the bat.
The Brewers placed Weeks...
Wily Peralta got a bit of Felix Hernandez's medicine while squaring off against four-time All-Star right-hander Sunday afternoon.
Hernandez has been a tough-luck loser often in his career, as his Seattle Mariners have struggled to support him with runs. In Sunday's series finale, Hernandez was dominant over eight scoreless innings.
Peralta was very good himself and went...
Ken Griffey Jr. figures to go to Cooperstown one day but on Saturday night the former major league outfield was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.
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That Griffey was inducted into the Mariners Hall...
Once Ken Griffey Jr. got the phone call about the honor the Seattle Mariners wanted to bestow upon him he started getting nervous about having to be the center of attention.
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Griffey will become the seventh member of the Mariners Hall of Fame...
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Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks, who left Wednesday night's game in the 8th innning, returned to Milwaukee to have an MRI on his left hamstring.
As reported by Adam McCalvy of MLB.com,
Weeks was examined by Brewers head physician William Raasch and it appeared the Weeks had suffered a serious hamstring strain. As a result, Weeks will be placed on the 15...
Former Milwaukee Braves All-Star shortstop Johnny Logan passed away Friday night at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. He was 86 years old.
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A Mariners Living Legend
My words likely won’t mean much, but here they are:
Ken Griffey Jr.,
You are the best of baseball. You exemplify what the game is and showed us Mariners fans how to enjoy it just as much as you did.
Your boyish grin day-in and day-out, the way you approached every game, and the countless hours you spent getting better off the field set a precedent for...
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My oh my…
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Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse won't be traded, as the club has reportedly decided to hold on to the veteran.
According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, Lohse was claimed off waivers and then pulled back by the Brewers after they did not see a potential trade match with the claiming team.
Teams usually put the majority of their roster on waivers in August because...
Felix Hernandez blanked Milwaukee on four hits for eight innings and the Seattle Mariners topped the Brewers 2-0 Sunday.
Hernandez (12-5) struck out nine and walked one in his first career appearance against the Brewers. The 2010 AL Cy Young winner leads the league with a 2.28 ERA and is second with 178 strikeouts.
This was the eighth time this year that he pitched at least eight...
Did I say “Thank You?!”
In this day and age, it is rare to find a true idol in the sports world. With so much lying and cheating in sports, the dark age of sport has ruined what used to be pure and good. It wasn’t always like this, though, as there was once a generation of athletes who inspired people.
They inspired us to be good great. They inspired us to reach for the stars...
Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks recently suffered a hamstring injury that was severe enough to require further evaluation.
Following an MRI, Weeks has been diagnosed with a torn left hamstring, an
ailment that will require surgery and sideline him for the remainder of the
season, according to Todd Rosiak of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rickie Weeks out for...