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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Brewers Hit 5 HRs on Way to 14-5 Win

After J.J. Hardy missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, the Milwaukee Brewers thought he would need at least a half-season to regain his stroke. The rookie shortstop is right on schedule.

Hardy hit his first grand slam as he set career highs with six RBI and four hits, and the Milwaukee Brewers had their best day at the plate in four years as they routed the Cincinnati Reds 14-5 Wednesday.

"It's just one of those things," said Hardy, who raised his overall average to .235. "I'm seeing the ball good and finding holes. The first half was the hardest struggle I've ever had. I'm a lot more comfortable now."

Hardy is hitting .308 since the All-Star break and has five of his six homers and 23 of his 42 RBI since then.

"We said all along that he would probably struggle in the first half and take off in the second half," manager Ned Yost said. "That's what's happened."

Brady Clark, Lyle Overbay, Chad Moeller and Geoff Jenkins also homered for Milwaukee, which scored its most runs since a 15-5 win over Arizona on Oct. 7, 2001. The Brewers tied their season high for home runs after being limited to one run in 10 innings of a 2-1 loss to the Reds on Tuesday.
The Brewers will open a series against the Astros on Friday as Doug Davis (9-10) faces Rogers Clemens (11-6).


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