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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Brewers Sweep Philadelphia With Another Dramatic Win



From Sportsline.com:

At this point, the Milwaukee Brewers simply expect to erase big deficits in the late innings.

And this time, they weren't bailing out their bullpen.

Geoff Jenkins provided late-inning fireworks for the second night in a row, slapping a two-run double to cap a four-run seventh inning as the Brewers rallied past Philadelphia 5-4 and completed a three-game sweep of the Phillies.

Jenkins, whose two-out RBI single in the ninth inning gave Milwaukee its third straight victory in its final at-bat on Wednesday, said the string of comebacks after blown leads are a sign of improvement for the young Brewers.

"I think in the past, we didn't have that," Jenkins said. "We just have a little more talent."

The Brewers' latest comeback began with reserve catcher Chad Moeller's two-run homer in the seventh, off Phillies rookie Cole Hamels. Until that point, Hamels and the Phillies appeared to have Milwaukee covered.

But right now, the Brewers don't believe any opponent's lead is safe.

"That's what happens after you do it a couple of times: You expect it," Moeller said.

With the sweep, the Brewers brought baseball's hottest team to a screeching halt.

"Guys right now, they don't panic," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It doesn't matter they know that we can put a streak together."

Philadelphia had won 13 of its previous 14 coming into the series.

"They're hot right now," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "They stay with you, and things are going their way."

Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow -- who took a loss on Saturday, blew his first save of the season on Sunday and was pulled out of Wednesday's game after giving up three runs -- pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 13th save.

"It's always huge to get right back out there as soon as possible, and hopefully be successful," Turnbow said.

Turnbow realizes Yost might have him on a shorter leash these days, but understands it won't be an issue if he keeps the late-inning drama to a minimum.

"If I'm out there not getting the job done and making things interesting, he's got to do what's best for the team," Turnbow said.

Yost said he didn't hesitate to call on Turnbow, despite his recent shaky outings and heavy workload.

"I don't think his confidence was gone, to be honest with you," Yost said. "It's just one of those situations."

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