July 10, 2003

Sausage Attack Overshadows Brewers’ Win

The Italian sausage was a hit with Randall Simon.

In a bizarre scene during the popular sausage race at Miller Park, the Pittsburgh first baseman took his bat and delivered a two-handed chop that knocked over a woman dressed in costume Wednesday night.

Simon was booked for misdemeanor battery and released after the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pirates 2-1 in 12 innings. He will meet with the district attorney's office Thursday, and it will be up to prosecutors to determine whether formal charges are filed.

"It was very strange," Pirates outfielder Reggie Sanders said.

The race is a fan favorite at Miller Park. Held between the sixth and seventh innings, people dress up as a bratwurst, hot dog, Polish sausage and Italian sausage and run around the field.

As the group went past Pirates' third-base dugout, Simon reached over a railing and hit the Italian sausage character from behind, causing the 20-year-old woman wearing the outfit to tumble. When she fell, the woman portraying the hot dog also went down.

"They both were treated at the scene for scraped knees, but at this point I don't think they have any other complaints," said Deputy Inspector Sherry Warichak of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department.

Pirates outfielder Reggie Sanders said he thought the weight of the head on the sausage costume contributed to the fall.

"It maybe made it look worse than it was," Sanders said. "It was an unfortunate situation and, hopefully, it gets resolved."

The Brewers wound up winning on Wes Helms' infield hit with two outs in the 12th.

Brooks Kieschnick, a slugger who always had trouble making contact, earned his first victory since reviving his career as a reliever.

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."

In other NL games, Arizona beat San Diego 8-3, Colorado stopped San Francisco 11-7, Philadelphia blanked Montreal 2-0, Chicago defeated Florida 5-1, Houston routed Cincinnati 12-2, Los Angeles edged St. Louis 6-5, and Atlanta topped New York 6-3.

Simon was booed by many fans when he came up as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. He grounded out.

Later, the two women inside the costumes and Simon were interviewed at the stadium.

Rick Schlessinger, the Brewers' executive vice president for business operations, said he was in contact with Larry Silverman, vice president/baseball legal counsel for the Pirates.

Schlessinger called Simon's action "one of the most despicable things I've seen in a ballpark in a long time."

Ryan Borghoff, portraying the bratwurst, said Simon "just hit the costume and she fell over."

"These things are so top-heavy that it doesn't take much," he said.

With the Italian sausage and hot dog down and out, Borghoff went on to win the race.

"Somebody had to, I guess," he said.

The Brewers won the game after Richie Sexson drew a two-out walk in the 12th and took third on John Vander Wal's single.

Helms, who like Vander Wal was 0-was-5 until the last inning, followed with a slow grounder. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez charged the ball but failed to come up with it cleanly.

"I didn't like it because it was probably a pitch I should not have swung at 2-1," Helms said. "I can't complain about a game-winning single."

Joe Beimel (1-2) took the loss.

Diamondbacks 8, Padres 3

Shea Hillenbrand homered again and drove in four runs as Arizona matched a team record with its 11th straight home win.

Craig Counsell, Luis Gonzalez and Steve Finley also homered, helping Chris Capuano earn his first major league victory.

The Diamondbacks have won four in a row overall and 18 of 21. They matched the club mark for consecutive wins at Bank One Ballpark, set in May 2000.

Hillenbrand hit three homers Monday against Colorado. He has 11 hits in his last 14 at-bats, and is batting .362 in 18 games since Arizona got him a trade with Boston.

Rockies 11, Giants 7

Preston Wilson drove in four runs with four hits and Juan Uribe had a three-run homer as Colorado ended San Francisco's three-game winning streak.

Barry Bonds hit his 640th career homer and No. 27 this season, driving in four runs for the Giants at Coors Field.

Phillies 2, Expos 0

Kevin Millwood pitched a three-hitter and Bobby Abreu homered right after Philadelphia broke up Tomo Ohka's no-hit bid at Montreal.

Placido Polanco led off the seventh with an infield single for the Phillies' first hit. Abreu followed with his 14th home run.

Millwood pitched his second shutout of the season. The other one came April 27 when he threw a no-hitter against San Francisco.

Dodgers 6, Cardinals 5

Rookie David Ross hit his fifth home run in 50 at-bats this season as Los Angeles stopped a three-game losing streak.

The Dodgers have scored 11 runs in two games after totaling only 20 runs in their previous 11 games.

Scott Rolen homered at Busch Stadium for St. Louis, which has lost three in a row.

Astros 12, Reds 2

Jeriome Robertson became the first Houston rookie to win seven straight decisions and Houston backed him with home runs at home.

Adam Everett hit his first career grand slam as the Astros took a 6-0 lead in the first inning and went on to win their third straight game. Cincinnati lost its seventh in a row.

Lance Berkman and Richard Hidalgo hit consecutive homers for Houston and Gregg Zaun also connected.

Robertson has not lost since April 25, a span of 13 starts. He gave up Ken Griffey Jr.'s 478th career home run.

Cubs 5, Marlins 1

Kerry Wood pitched a three-hitter and struck out 12 as Chicago beat Florida at Wrigley Field.

Sammy Sosa hit his 514th home run to help the Cubs win a series for the first time since taking two of three from Baltimore June 10-12.

Braves 6, Mets 3

Tom Glavine lost to his former team for the third time this season as Atlanta completed a three-game sweep at Shea Stadium.

The Braves won their sixth in a row. All-Star Russ Ortiz tied Toronto's Roy Halladay for the major league lead in victories.