County Stadium
My Baseball Dream
by Ray Bergman

Game 13 - Brewers vs White Sox at County Stadium

August 18, 1996

My inspirational son has returned to Florida so I'm on my own for the next few games. Marc did most of the driving the past week or so and was a big help, what with my bad knee and all. We traveled 6000 miles together and viewed 7 ball games. The drive from Chicago to Milwaukee is old hat now as Marc and I took the same route to Minneapolis and from Minneapolis back to Chicago.

Milwaukee's stadium is an old stadium. Not old like Wrigley, just plain old. It is a double deck stadium with skyboxes in between. It has a giant scoreboard in right centerfield. The entire outfield is bleacher heaven with a giant beer keg and beer mug foaming over just over the fence in center field. On this date, the entire metropolitan area of Milwaukee is in the midst of its Italian festival and huge crowds are expected.

Today's starting pitcher for the White Sox is Luis Andujar, and for the Brewers, Scott Karl. I have seen these two pitchers before. Karl started the game against the Angels in my second dream game and we saw Andujar at game 10 against the Yankees. Today neither pitcher was very sharp, with little control of their pitches. Milwaukee took control early with a 5-1 lead after three innings, thanks to a three run homer by Jose Valentin. In the 5th, Frank Thomas sliced a three run homer over the right field bleachers, bringing the Sox to within one at 5-4. Halfway through the eighth, the score was tied at 7-7. Then after a collision between Lyle Mouton and the Sox shortstop Norberto Martins, the brewers took a 8-7 lead and held on to win.

Notes:

  • In the home half of the seventh the fans sang "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" followed by "Roll Out The Barrel."
  • Final score: Brewers 8 Whitesox 7
  • Winning pitcher: Jeff Darwin and the loser was Mike Fetters.
  • Attendance: 33,094 and the game was played in three hours and thirty-two minutes.
  • Game temperature: 78 degrees.
  • Home runs: Jose Valentine for the Brewers and Frank Thomas and Pat Borders for the Sox.
This game concludes the third leg of my Baseball Dream. Marc and I used Chicago as our home base for the last six days to attend the three games in Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee. Talk to you from Detroit, where I will start leg four of the dream and travel some 3,000 miles, see nine ballgames in 13 days and serpentine through the Northeast U.S.A. and Canada.

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