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Friday, May 19, 2006

Brewers Stomped by Twins 1-7

From Sportsline.com:

On the same day that the Twins learned their dream ballpark is on the cusp of becoming a reality, Francisco Liriano gave Minnesota fans another glimpse of the future on the field.

Liriano threw five solid innings in his first start of the season and Tony Batista hit a grand slam to help the Twins snap a five-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

"Every time he takes the mound, it's just electric," said Twins first baseman Michael Cuddyer, who also helped Liriano's cause with a solo homer in the sixth. "That poise he shows, he's in control of himself all the time."

Batista hit his ninth career grand slam in the eighth as part of a five-run inning. Brewers starter Doug Davis (2-3) had entered the inning trailing 2-1, but he walked Luis Castillo and allowed a single to Joe Mauer to put runners on the corners with no out, ending his night.

Mauer stole second, and after an out, reliever Jose Capellan intentionally walked Cuddyer.

"We were trying to get out of the inning with one pitch, turn a double play," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

But Capellan plunked Lew Ford, scoring Castillo, and Batista hit the next pitch over the Brewers' bullpen to make it 7-1.


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