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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Comeback Is Too Little Too Late as the Brewers Lose 5-8



From Sportsline.com:

The Brewers, who struck out 16 times, have lost seven of nine. They went 1-5 on a six-game road trip through Los Angeles and San Diego.

Peavy allowed a single by Bill Hall and a double by Chad Moeller to start the third, putting runners on second and third. The right-hander then escaped the jam by striking out pitcher Ben Hendrickson, retiring Gabe Gross on a fly to short left and striking out J.J. Hardy.

Peavy, San Diego's only All-Star last year, walked two. He set his career high of 13 strikeouts last June 20 in a 1-0 home win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He also had two hits and two RBI, contributing to big rallies in the first and third innings. Just 1-for-14 coming in, Peavy drove in runs by beating out an infield single in the first and hitting a ground-rule double in the third. Roberts had three hits and two stolen bases.

The first five Padres batters of the game reached base and scored. Mike Cameron, Rob Bowen, Geoff Blum and Peavy each singled in a run, and Adrian Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly.

The Padres added three more in the third, when Peavy's hit was the third of three consecutive one-out doubles. Blum chased Hendrickson with an RBI double, and Peavy bounced a ball over the center-field fence off Jared Fernandez to bring in Blum. Cameron added a two-out RBI single.

"That's why starting pitching is so important," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Your game generally goes on how your starting pitcher fares. You get in a hole early, it's hard to claw back, especially against an All-Star pitcher like Jake Peavy."

Hendrickson (0-1) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings, walked three and struck out one.

"You leave the ball up and they're going to hit you," he said.

Milwaukee scored four runs in the eighth. Dewon Brazelton replaced Peavy to start the inning and allowed three consecutive hits and a walk. Hall had a leadoff triple and Moeller singled him in. With Brian Sweeney pitching, Geoff Jenkins drove in a run on a groundout and Carlos Lee hit a two-run single.

Corey Koskie homered leading off the ninth against Scott Linebrink.

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