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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Fielder Hits Walk-Off Homer as Brewers Win 6-5

Prince Fielder will take this kind of pummeling anytime.

The rarely used rookie hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Jose Mesa in the ninth inning Wednesday to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"We just couldn't wait for him to get to home plate so we could beat him up," said fellow rookie J.J. Hardy, who helped the Brewers celebrate their first game-ending hit of the season with a pounding of Fielder.

Hardy hit a two-run homer earlier in the game, as did Rickie Weeks, another of the "Baby Brewers" who are being counted upon to reverse the club's losing legacy.

"That shows you why we feel good about where we're going," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

This is just the start, Fielder suggested.

"Hopefully we'll be able to do that for at least 10 more years,'"' Fielder said after the trio of rookies provided all the pop at the plate.

Rick Helling (1-0) will start against Adam Eaton (9-3) as the Brewers face the Padres.


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