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Friday, August 26, 2005

Brewers Lose in Extra Innings

Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said there was nothing the Brewers could have done about either of Pierre's run-scoring hits, especially the double that sailed over Lee in the third inning.

"It nicked off his glove," Yost said. "With two strikes, we play in on Pierre on the opposite way anyway. About the last thing he will do is hit a ball the opposite way over an outfielder's head."
But he will smoke a knee-high fastball over the plate like he did in the 10th.

"It hit the end of my glove. It just sneaked out of there," Overbay said. "I know he was trying to throw up and away. You obviously don't want to throw it there. You don't want him to get the barrel on the ball. But that's not where we lost the game. We lost the game by not scoring a run with Wes Helms leading off the seventh with a double."

Brewers hard-luck left-hander Doug Davis was denied of his 10th win for the 12th straight time despite allowing just one earned run on five hits in seven stellar innings. He escaped a jam in the seventh by inducing Mike Lowell to bounce out with runners at second and third after convincing Yost that he'd rather not walk Lowell to bring up Pierre.

"Pierre's too dangerous," Davis said. "He'll slap down a bunt with the bases loaded. I wanted Lowell."

In the bottom half, Helms batted for Davis and doubled off the wall in right-center but he was stranded there when Guillermo Mota struck out the side, including Rickie Weeks and Lee looking.

"We were really pressing for a run right there," Yost said.

Both for the sweep and for the sake of Davis, whose last win came June 22 against the Chicago Cubs. Since then, he's lost three and had nine no-decisions.

"It's frustrating," Davis said. "But I'm not going to worry about myself."
Ben Sheets (9-9) will face off against Horacio Ramirez (10-7) as the Brewres open a series against the Braves.


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