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Friday, April 07, 2006

Brewers Beat Diamondbacks 3-1, Go 4-0

From Sporsline.com:

Dave Bush worked out a little harder in the offseason, knowing he wasn't assured of a spot in his new team's starting rotation.

It shows.

Carrying momentum from a stellar spring training, Bush gave up two hits in seven innings and Derrick Turnbow got his fourth save in four games to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Friday night.

"I came into spring training to try to win a job, so I had to be ready to go," Bush said.

The Brewers have won their first four games of the season for the first time since 1987, and pitching has played a critical role in the quick start.

Even with staff ace Ben Sheets rehabilitating a shoulder injury, the Brewers have gotten good outings from their first four starters.

Then there's Turnbow, who became the first pitcher to save each of his team's first four games of the season since the save become an official statistic in 1969.

Turnbow's first few outings have been successful, but have not come without drama. He walked Orlando Hudson to lead off the ninth on Friday, but got Chad Tracy to ground into a double play. He then retired Luis Gonzalez, who homered in the second inning, for the final out.

"It's tough when you start the season with the workload that he had," Yost said.

Bush, a converted closer from his college days at Wake Forest, can empathize.

"That's tough at this point in the year," Bush said. "He's one of the best guys out there."

Bush (1-0), who was acquired in the trade that sent Lyle Overbay to the Toronto Blue Jays in December, struck out seven to earn the win in his first start for Milwaukee.

"Dave Bush was really, really good," manager Ned Yost said. "(He) had quick innings, kept his pitch count down, got us through seven. That was big."

Bush struck out the side in the seventh, a sign that he carried strength deep into the game.

"He was just effective enough to keep our hitters off balance all night," Gonzalez said.

But Yost pinch-hit for Bush in the bottom half of the inning to try to add an insurance run.

"He probably could have got us through eight," Yost said. "But then again, the opportunity to tack on another run was big."

Bush is still getting used to the way games are managed in the National League, but understood that the move was a "no-brainer" for his manager.

"A pretty easy call for Ned," Bush said.

Rickie Weeks hit an RBI triple and later scored in the second inning, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. Weeks scored after Damian Miller hit a ground ball back to pitcher Russ Ortiz, who reached behind his back in an attempt to stab the ball with his glove. Ortiz knocked the ball down, allowing Weeks to score, and threw Miller out at first.

"If it doesn't hit his glove, it probably goes through and we get a double play," manager Bob Melvin said.


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