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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Brewers Come Back in 9th to Win 12-9

Bunt with your No. 3 hitter? Baseball logic says no. Lyle Overbay said yes.

Trailing 9-8 in the ninth inning Thursday, Milwaukee manager Ned Yost considered his options. The Brewers were rallying with runners at first and second and none out against the New York Mets. Overbay, who singled home the go-ahead runs the night before and had singled home two runs earlier in this one, was coming up.

"As much as I wanted to bunt, I didn't want to give up an out," Yost said after a five-run ninth carried the Brewers to a 12-9 victory.

Overbay understood the circumstances and bunted on his own anyway, putting the tying run on third and the lead run on second.

It made sense to him, even knowing the Mets would walk cleanup hitter Carlos Lee, who had eight hits in the series. That's because Geoff Jenkins was coming up behind Lee and he already had four hits in the game.

"I had the bunt in my mind from the beginning," Overbay said. "I know my limitations. If they walk Carlos, it's even better because it puts another runner on base."

Jenkins capitalized with his fifth hit, delivering the tying run with an RBI single. Pinch-hitter Damian Miller then beat out an infield single to drive in the go-ahead run.


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