ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Ben Sheets had nothing to do with this
deluge of strikeouts.
Brewers batters struck out 26 times, tying the major league
record set by the Angels on July 9, 1971, in a 20-inning game
against Oakland. Geoff Jenkins, who went 0-for-7, tied a big league
mark by striking out six times.
"I knew there were a lot of strikeouts in the game, but I
didn't know it was that many," said Anaheim reliever Scot Shields,
who fanned four in two innings. "We were just trying not to let
"Strikeouts aren't a good record to have, but they came in a
win. So you can turn the page pretty easily," said Craig Counsell,
who scored the game's only run. "I've never seen a game like that
before, and I probably never will again."
The 17 innings matched the high for an interleague game, first
done by Florida in a 4-3 win over Toronto on June 8, 1998, and
matched June 27, 2003, when Philadelphia beat Baltimore 4-2.
It was the first scoreless major league game to reach the 17th
inning since Arizona beat San Francisco 1-0 in 18 innings.
"In those extra-inning games, that last hit to drive in a run
is always the toughest one to get. That's why you see games like
this," Counsell said.
Less than 2½ weeks after striking out 18 at Atlanta, Sheets
retired his first 20 batters before Vladimir Guerrero grounded a
clean single through the left side. The only other batter to get on
against Sheets was Amezaga, who reached on an error in the ninth.
"You can't throw any better than Benny threw," Milwaukee
manager Ned Yost said. "Even the pitch that Guerrero hit for the
base hit was a good pitch. The ball was down."
The Angels' ninth loss in 13 games dropped them into a
first-place tie with Oakland in the AL West. They haven't scored in
32 consecutive innings since Chone Figgins' two-run homer against
Cleveland's Joe Dawley in the third inning of Saturday's 3-2 loss.
Milwaukee stranded the go-ahead run at second base in the 10th,
11th, 12th and 15th innings against a bullpen missing injured
closer Troy Percival.
Sheets, who made only 87 pitches through the first eight innings, got into trouble in the ninth after second baseman Junior Spivey booted Amezaga's leadoff grounder for the first of his three errors. Amezaga advanced on a wild pitch one out later, but was stranded when Figgins popped out and DaVanon struck out on a 3-2 pitch.
Sheets, who struck out five, was pitching for the first time in
12 days after missing a turn in the rotation because of a viral
"It's been awhile. I didn't enjoy missing a turn, so I hope it
doesn't happen again," Sheets said. "Maybe I was a little more
unhittable in the 18-strikeout game, but this one was better
because I didn't give up a run. There's no way possible to lose if
you don't give up a run."
Anaheim's Kelvim Escobar allowed four hits and a walk over eight
innings and tied a career high with 11 strikeouts.
After the game, the Angels activated Tim Salmon from the
disabled list and optioned OF Robb Quinlan to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Salmon hasn't played since April 29 because of soreness in his left
knee. ... Milwaukee's Bill Hall pinch hit for Chad Moeller in the
15th and singled to snap an 0-for-17 slide. Kotchman snapped an
0-for-18 drought with a two-out single in the 15th. ... Sheets
walked none for the seventh time in 12 starts this season.
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