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Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Brewers Walk Off in 3rd Straight Game With 8-7 Win

From Sportsline.com:

The Phillies decided to make someone other than Bill Hall beat them, and Geoff Jenkins was ready to give Milwaukee another win in dramatic fashion.

Jenkins' RBI single with two outs in the ninth gave the Brewers an 8-7 victory Wednesday night and their third straight win in their final at-bat. It also washed away a questionable decision by Milwaukee manager Ned Yost in the top of the inning.

"It's exciting. It builds character, camaraderie in the clubhouse," Jenkins said. "It's obviously exciting to win like that, but you'd like to have some 8-2s, some 9-1s."

The Brewers became the first team since the 2004 Detroit Tigers to win three straight games in their last at-bat. It's the third time in franchise history the Brewers pulled the feat.

Arthur Rhodes (0-1) walked pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo to start the ninth, and Brady Clark's sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Rickie Weeks struck out, bringing up Hall, who had hit a home run on Sunday to beat the New York Mets in 10 innings and scored the winning run Tuesday night against Philadelphia.

Rhodes intentionally walked Hall and Jenkins hit the 0-1 pitch over center fielder Shane Victorino's head off the base of the wall.

"If Rickie didn't get it done, with two outs, I pretty much knew that was going to happen," Jenkins said of Hall's walk. "It was a smart move, Billy's having a great season."

Jenkins also had a homer and drove in three runs after coming into the game with just six hits in his last 37 at-bats.

The Brewers had been in control with a 7-4 lead heading into the ninth and closer Derrick Turnbow pitching. But Turnbow struggled, giving up an RBI single to Bobby Abreu after two outs.

Yost decided to pull him for left-handed specialist Brian Shouse, who came in with one career save and was acquired Saturday from Texas. Shouse came in to face Ryan Howard, hitting .295 with three homers against lefties.

Howard made Yost's decision look bad.

Shouse, acquired Saturday from Texas, proceeded to give up RBI singles to Howard and Victorino to tie it at 7.

"I had faced Howard a couple of times and gotten him out every time, I think," a frustrated Turnbow said. "You've got to respect the manager's decision."

But was Yost wrong to pull him?

"He just said maybe it wasn't the right choice," Turnbow said.

Turnbow has had a rough five days. He gave up a home run in the ninth and took the loss on Saturday against the Mets, then blew his first save of the season Sunday before rebounding and earning the win on Tuesday night.

"It's very hard to do, but we're trying to win ball games," Yost said of his decision. "We're talking about 25 guys here, we're not talking about one guy."

Shouse was pulled and Jose Capellan (1-0) earned the win by getting the final out of the ninth.


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