ANAHEIM -- The Brewers began an Interleague series against the Angels for the first time in six years on Monday. The last time these teams met, they made it worth the price of admission.
In that series opener on June 8, 2004, Ben Sheets was nearly perfect over nine innings and the Brewers and Angels stayed locked in a scoreless tie until the 17th, when Scott Podsednik's double gave Milwaukee a 1-0 win. Craig Counsell scampered home from first base to score the only run.
"Did I?" Counsell asked Monday. "I don't remember that. What I do remember is that Ben Sheets pitched a great game and Vladimir Guerrero hit a ball through the hole. I was mad I didn't get it."
Guerrero golfed a low pitch between shortstop and third base for a single with two outs in the seventh inning, the only hit off Sheets in nine dazzling innings. It was one of only four Angels hits all night, off six Brewers pitchers. Brewers hitters, meanwhile, matched a Major League record by striking out 26 times, and Geoff Jenkins went 0-for-7 while becoming the eighth player to whiff six times in one game.
The Brewers have not played a game longer than 15 innings since that night.