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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Brewers Whoop Cubs Again 9-0



From Sportsline.com:

Chris Capuano tried not to envision his first major league complete game.

"I was just hoping to make it through five with the big lead we had," he said. "I tried not to think about it too much, but I couldn't help it."

Capuano wound up pitching a five-hitter for his first career complete game and shutout, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 9-0 Sunday.

He had an anxious moment with two outs in the ninth, when Todd Walker singled off the center-field wall.

"I'm thinking just one more," he said. "Then he hit that ball. I didn't think it was going to be that close to a home run. At that point I was a little anxious."

He then retired pinch-hitter John Mabry on a game-ending groundout.

Making his 63rd major league start, Capuano (4-2) struck out six and walked none. He retired 11 straight until Michael Barrett's leadoff single in the eighth. Chicago did not advance a runner past second base.

Capuano's previous longest outings were 8 1/3 innings in back-to-back starts last year, at Washington on May 18 and against Colorado five days later.

"He was changing speeds with his fastball," Walker said. "He's crafty, meaning that he throws 89, 90 (mph), but also he also throws 86, 87, so that 86, 87 ball is darting down. He's got an unusual kind of release point -- he gets on you quicker than you are used to. I took some funky swings at him."

Carlos Lee hit his 10th homer to set a Brewers' April record. Bill Hall singled, tripled and homered to drive in three runs for Milwaukee, which has won five of six.

Taking advantage of a strong wind blowing out to left, Lee connected in the second inning off Carlos Zambrano. Rob Deer (1987) and Geoff Jenkins (2000 and 2001) both hit nine April homers for the Brewers.

"It seems like every time I face him, I see the ball pretty good against him and I have good at-bats," Lee said.

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