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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Brewers Sweep Pirates With 3-2 Win

From Sportsline.com:

Prince Fielder proved it doesn't take a mighty swat to bust a season-opening slump.

Fielder's looping single scored Geoff Jenkins with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Wednesday night and lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 victory that completed a season-opening three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A highly regarded prospect who became the Brewers' starting first baseman when the team traded Lyle Overbay in the offseason, Fielder was 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts when he walked in the second to reach base for the first time this season.

He fell behind reliever Roberto Hernandez 0-2 before finally breaking through with a broken-bat bloop hit.

"I'll take it," Fielder said. "I'll take four of those a day if they come."

Fielder, the son of former major leaguer Cecil Fielder, was dropped from fifth to seventh in the lineup Wednesday by Brewers manager Ned Yost, who wanted to take some pressure off of him.

Yost and the Brewers coaches said the strikeouts were no big deal, but Fielder admitted he was getting frustrated.

Did the strikeouts hurt his confidence?

"Maybe a little bit," Fielder said.

Yost tried to calm Fielder, reminding him that they hadn't needed his bat to win the first two games of the series.

"We needed it tonight, and he picked us up big-time," Yost said.

Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow let Pittsburgh load the bases with two outs in the ninth, then got Chris Duffy to pop out to record his third save. Yost suspected Turnbow was "a little bit" tired after opening the season with three straight outings.

"All three games, I just wasn't making that good of quality pitches," Turnbow said. "Just had to battle there."


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