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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Brewers Beat Braves Again 4-2

From Sportsline.com:

Any other day, Atlanta Braves starter Tim Hudson said it would have been a groundout to the shortstop.

But the Braves were using an infield shift on Prince Fielder, who it where the Braves weren't.

Fielder's ball went through a gaping hole on the left side of the infield, driving in the go-ahead run and lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

"That shows the kind of hitter he is," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Fielder saw similar shifts in the minor leagues.

"His pitches were going away, so I was just trying to go with it," Fielder said.

Braves manager Bobby Cox didn't second-guess his strategy just because what he called a "little dribbler" got through.

"I don't know if he was trying to do it or not," Cox said. "You can't be everywhere."

Milwaukee trailed 2-1 going into the sixth, but scored two runs with two outs to take the lead.

Gabe Gross doubled with one out, then advanced to third when Hudson had to duck a broken bat on a groundout by Geoff Jenkins.

Carlos Lee singled sharply to center field, scoring Gross to tie the game. Lee stole second with Fielder batting.

Yost said he gives Lee an automatic green light to steal because he knows he can count on Lee not to make a bad move.

"He's smart," Yost said. "He knows when to pick his spots."


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