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Friday, June 30, 2006

Brewers Lose Series Opener To Twins 2-8

From Sportsline.com:

But for the fifth time in the last month, the Brewers failed to move above .500.

"We get there, and then we seem to stumble," Geoff Jenkins said. "Hopefully it's just one game and we can get it going again."

Villanueva allowed six hits (all for extra bases), six runs and two walks while striking out three in five innings. Morneau and Hunter each went deep, two pitches apart, in the second.

Making only his second major league start, Villanueva didn't really get in trouble until the fifth when Jason Kubel doubled ahead of Tiffee's homer.

Luis Castillo tripled and Nick Punto doubled him in -- scoring when Michael Cuddyer barely beat out a fielder's choice grounder to Koskie, the Brewers' third baseman.

Koskie slightly bobbled the ball, which cost him a chance to complete the double play and allowed Punto -- perhaps the Twins' fastest player -- to score from second and give his team a 6-1 lead.

Milwaukee manager Ned Yost was livid with first base umpire Brian O'Nora, who coiled in preparation for calling Cuddyer out but stopped and spread his arms wide to signal safe. Yost and O'Nora were brim-to-brim for a few seconds, yelling and pointing, and Yost quickly drew his fifth ejection of the year.

Villanueva twice managed to strike out the leading hitter in the majors, Mauer, who later hit a two-run double against Rick Helling in the seventh.

But the Brewers again struggled to find a suitable pitcher for the back of their rotation. Chris Capuano, Dave Bush and Doug Davis have formed a steady trio at the top, but injuries to ace Ben Sheets and Tomo Ohka have forced them to try seven different replacements.

"It seemed like every time I kept the ball up, they capitalized," Villanueva said. "Teams that get hot, things go their way."

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Brewers Win Series Finale Against Cubs, 5-4

From Sportsline.com:

Geremi Gonzalez was once a promising pitcher in Chicago, an 11-game winner as a rookie with the Cubs in 1997.

Much has changed -- including the spelling of his first name -- after arm problems slowed his career. Gonzalez returned Thursday, this time as a spot starter for the Milwaukee Brewers, and beat Mark Prior for a victory against his former team.

"I love this place. Everybody in baseball loves Wrigley Field and they want to play here," Gonzalez said after a five-inning outing that helped the Brewers beat the Cubs 5-4.

Gonzalez (1-0) got the ball when Doug Davis was scratched from his start a day earlier because of a stiff back. Gonzalez went by "Jeremi" most of his career before pointing out to the Brewers after a trade from the Mets last month that "Geremi" was the correct spelling.

He allowed three hits and two unearned runs with five walks and six strikeouts to earn his first win as a starter since May 8, 2005, with the Red Sox.

The only two runs he gave up were set up by his own error when he failed to catch a popped bunt by Todd Walker, walked two batters and gave up a two-run single to Jacque Jones in the fifth.

"I was running to the popup, screaming, `I got it, I got it, I got it.' As soon as I got to the ball, I think I lost concentration," Gonzalez said.

"Geremi lost his opportunity to win a Gold Glove and cost himself about 16-17 extra pitches and two runs," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

The Brewers sent Prior to his third straight defeat, scoring four of their five runs with two outs.

And they escaped a jam in the eighth when closer Derrick Turnbow struck out Derrek Lee with runners at second and third. The Cubs stranded 12 runners.

"He came at me with fastballs and just beat me," said Lee, playing his fifth game since coming off the disabled list (broken wrist).

"I figured I'd throw my best pitch and see what happens," Turnbow said.

Turnbow also pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances, striking out Ronny Cedeno with a runner on second to end it.

Milwaukee won three times in the four-game series at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs have lost 10 of 11.

Corey Koskie homered against Prior (0-3), who came off the disabled list June 18. He allowed eight hits and five runs with four walks and nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

The Brewers loaded the bases with none out in the sixth on a walk and two singles before Prior struck out Damian Miller and Brady Clark. But pinch-hitter Gabe Gross dumped a two-run single into shallow left, putting the Brewers up 5-2 and finishing Prior.

"I know what I want to do mentally, but unfortunately I'm not able to do it physically or haven't been able to execute it," Prior said. "And that's the frustrating part. ... I made a good pitch on Gross right there and you can't do much more than throw the pitch. ... The bases shouldn't have been loaded."

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Magic Draft Augustine With 2nd Rounder

From OrlandoMagic.com:

The Orlando Magic have selected forward James Augustine (41st overall) and forward Lior Eliyahu (44th overall) in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft. The Magic then traded the draft rights to Eliyahu to the Houston Rockets in exchange for cash considerations.

Augustine (6’10”, 235, 2/27/84) played four seasons at the University of Illinois, averaging 10.1 ppg., 7.5 rpg., 1.1 apg., 1.03 stlpg. and 1.01 blkpg. in 137 career games. He became the first player in Illini history to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds and is the 12th player in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat. Augustine finished his collegiate career as Illinois’ all-time leader in rebounding (1,023) and field goal percentage (.617), ranked fourth in blocked shots (139) and 17th in scoring (1,383 points).

Last season (2005-06), Augustine averaged 13.6 ppg. and 9.1 rpg. and was named First Team All-Big Ten by the league coaches and Second Team by the media. He ranked second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.624, ninth in nation) and third in rebounding. Augustine led the team in scoring 10 times and recorded 12 double-doubles.

During his junior campaign (2004-05), Augustine earned Third Team All-Big Ten honors, averaging 10.1 ppg. and 7.6 rpg. He led the team in rebounding (fifth in Big Ten) and blocked shots, while shooting a conference-best .621 from the field. Augustine was named Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player (12.7 ppg. and 10.3 rpg. in three games) and helped the Illini reach the NCAA Championship game.

Augustine was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore (2003-04), after leading the team (fourth in Big Ten) in rebounding, averaging 7.3 rpg. He averaged 7.0 ppg. and 5.8 rpg. during his freshman season (2002-03) and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

Magic Take Redick With 11th Pick

From OrlandoMagic.com:

The Orlando Magic have selected guard J.J. Redick in the first round (11th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft.

Redick (6’4”, 190, 6/24/84) is the all-time leading scorer in both Duke University and Atlantic Coast Conference history with 2,769 points (16th in NCAA history). He played four seasons at Duke, averaging 19.9 ppg., 2.7 rpg., 2.2 apg. and 1.09 stlpg. in 139 career games. Redick shot .406 (457-of-1,126) from three-point range and .912 (662-of-726) from the free throw line.

Redick was named Wooden, Naismith and Associated Press Player of the Year following his senior season in 2005-06. He set an NCAA record for career three-pointers made (457) and finished second in NCAA history in free throw percentage (.912). Redick was named ACC Player of the Year and First Team All-America for the second straight season, after averaging 26.8 ppg. and shooting .421 (139-of-330) from three-point range. He also earned ACC Tournament MVP for the second straight time.

As a junior (2004-05), Redick averaged 21.8 ppg. He was named Rupp National Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year, and also earned ACC Tournament MVP honors. Redick led the ACC in scoring, free throw percentage (.938), minutes played (37.3 minpg.) and three-point field goals per game (3.7). He led Duke and was ninth in the ACC with a .403 (121-of-300) from three-point land.

Brewers Blow It In 3-6 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Derrek Lee's first homer in almost three months came at the best possible time for the reeling Chicago Cubs.

His long, two-run shot into the left-field bleachers tied the score in the eighth inning, and the Cubs scored three more runs to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Wednesday and end a five-game losing streak. Chicago had dropped nine straight at Wrigley Field.

"It's a huge relief," manager Dusty Baker said. "Now you see what it means to have D-Lee back, to have that big bat in the lineup."

Lee, who came off the disabled list Sunday after missing 59 games with a broken wrist, hit his first homer since April 8, a shot off Dan Kolb (2-2) that started the comeback.

Obviously, after missing so much time, the defending NL batting champ is still feeling his way around the plate and the field. He is 4-for-17 since being activated.

"I don't feel great, honestly, at the plate," Lee said. "But you just keep working and you don't know when good things can happen. I'll keep fighting until I get that rhythm down and get in a groove."

Kolb struck out the next two batters before Jacque Jones singled to left. Ronny Cedeno then blooped a double into shallow right just out of the reach of diving second baseman Rickie Weeks.

Milwaukee right fielder Geoff Jenkins picked up the ball and threw to the plate, but catcher Chad Moeller couldn't come up with it as Jones slid in with the go-ahead run. Henry Blanco followed with a run-scoring triple, and pinch-hitter John Mabry added an RBI double.

"I made a couple of bad pitches and they hit them," Kolb said. Of Cedeno's bloop, he added: "That's the way it's been going for me. Everything went downhill after that."

Milwaukee took a 3-1 lead in the eighth on Bill Hall's 16th homer, a two-out, two-run drive off Bob Howry (3-2).

The Brewers won the first two games of the four-game series, including an 8-5 comeback win in the ninth Tuesday night when two Chicago errors helped them score four runs.

"You can't expect to beat them every day," Hall said. "We got out to a good start. ... We still have a chance to win the series tomorrow."

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Brewers Come Back to Beat Cubs 8-5

From Sportsline.com:

Gabe Gross got the bunt down and hustled to first. Halfway there, he saw the Brewers' fortunes change in a hurry.

Ryan Dempster's costly throwing error on Gross' bunt opened the doors for Milwaukee's four-run ninth in an 8-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

"Luck finds you every once in a while, I guess," Gross said.

The Brewers went into the top of the ninth with just two wins in 36 games when trailing after the eighth. The Cubs were gracious hosts, committing two errors in the final inning to earn their fifth straight loss. All four runs were unearned.

The Cubs have lost nine straight at Wrigley Field, and 12 of 14 overall to fall a season-high 20 games under .500.

"This is rock bottom," Dempster said. "I guess we hit it. It seems like we've been saying that forever."

Dempster entered the ninth with a 5-4 lead. Corey Koskie ricocheted a hit off of Dempster and Damian Miller walked with no outs. Dempster then fielded Gross' sacrifice bunt and tried to get the lead runner at third. His throw sailed into left field, allowing Koskie to score to tie it.

Corey Hart then hit a hard grounder through Ronny Cedeno's legs at shortstop and Miller came around to score. Rickie Weeks hit a sacrifice fly and Bill Hall singled before Dempster (1-4) was taken out of the game. He has converted just four of his last eight save opportunities.

"Tonight was as bad as I've ever felt for the guys on the team," Dempster said. "There's no one else on the team that can take any of the blame but me. I've never in my entire career thrown that ball away. It really breaks my heart."

Geoff Jenkins' sacrifice fly off Scott Eyre scored Hart to make it 8-5.

Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 26 chances.

"We played good defense all night long and we took advantage of opportunities when they were presented to us," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Gross singled, laid down two sacrifice bunts and scored three runs, the first coming after another Cubs' mistake.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Brewers Beat Cubs 6-0

From Sportsline.com:

Carlos Lee gave the rookie some advice on how to face Greg Maddux.

Lee hit a two-run homer and Prince Fielder homered twice -- one off the 300-game winner -- and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Monday night.

The Brewers bounced back after dropping two of three games against the Kansas City Royals, the team with the majors' worst record.

Fielder hit one of the three homers Maddux allowed.

"I told him look for the ball up and just be aggressive," Lee said. "What he kind of does is play around with you, soft, soft, soft, in and out."

The troubles continue for the Cubs, who have lost eight straight at home.

It is their longest losing streak at Wrigley Field since dropping 12 in a row to start the 1994 season. The Cubs, who have scored a total of two runs in their last three games, have lost 11 of 13 overall and have not won at home since beating Cincinnati on May 30.

Milwaukee starter Chris Capuano won his fourth consecutive decision and Gabe Gross added a two-run homer.

Capuano (9-4) allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out four. He left the game in the ninth inning after being hit on the right arm by a line drive from Aramis Ramirez. The team said he had a bruised forearm and would be evaluated Tuesday.

"I like pitching here because of the atmosphere, because of the fans and the history," said Capuano, who also pitched a shutout at Wrigley on April 30. "I think a lot us, it's almost fans when we come in here. We're players, but we're also baseball fans. It's just exciting to play here."

Derrick Turnbow relieved and got the final three outs in the Brewers' third shutout of the season. Two of those have been against the Cubs.

After a two-out single by Geoff Jenkins in the first, Lee hit his 24th homer on an 0-2 pitch from Maddux.

Fielder homered to right-center off Maddux (7-8) in the seventh and Gross added his homer later in the inning.

Fielder connected off Will Ohman in the ninth for his 16th homer of the season. It was the third multihomer of his career and two have happened at Wrigley Field.

"I don't know if it's this ballpark. Just luck I guess. I just tried to hit the ball up the middle and let the rest take care of itself," Fielder said.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Brewers Suck It Up In 0-6 Loss To Royals

From Sportsline.com:

Brewers right-hander Rick Helling, making his second start of the season after spending two months on the disabled list with a sprained right elbow, was pulled after 63 pitches and three innings. He allowed one run, three hits and three walks.

"He was just laboring from the first pitch on," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He was pitching with a lot of heart. When he got up to 60 pitches in three innings, the way Redman is on us, I didn't want to take a chance they'd throw two or three quick runs on us."

Yost said he is "probably going to move" Helling back to long relief and insert Carlos Villanueva into the rotation.

"I threw a lot of pitches for three innings, but I've thrown a lot of games where I've thrown a lot of pitches early and I always want to stay in," Helling said. "The manager and pitching coach make the decision when I come out. I've got no problem with that."

As far as going to the bullpen, Helling said, "I'll do whatever they want me to do."

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Brewers Hand Game To Royals On Silver Platter

From Sportsline.com:

The toughest part of these past two years and two months for Brandon Duckworth was probably the final 45 minutes Saturday night.

That's about how long he sat in the dugout as relievers threw clutch pitches and fielders turned in terrific plays, making his one-run lead hold up in the Kansas City Royals 6-5 victory over the mistake-prone Milwaukee Brewers.

For Duckworth, it was his first major league win since he was with Houston and beat Colorado on April 24, 2004.

"You can just never give in, never give up," said the veteran right-hander, who was obtained on June 10 from Pittsburgh. "You've got to keep battling, battling, battling."

He got plenty of help. In Kansas City's five-run fourth inning, Milwaukee infielders Bill Hall and Corey Koskie made fielding errors on back-to-back plays, in effect giving the game away.

Brewers starter Doug Davis (4-5) was ready to shoulder at least a big part of the blame. After giving up Tony Graffanino's leadoff home run, he walked Doug Mientkiewicz and John Buck. Then Angel Berroa hit a grounder to short, but Hall never got control of the ball and the bases were loaded.

Wild Trade For Demitra

From Glen Andersen at Wild.com:

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough sent a few messages on Saturday at the NHL Entry Draft. The number one message was, “we want to win now.”

In the biggest Draft Day move in club history, Risebrough packaged the club’s 17th overall pick with top prospect Patrick O’Sullivan in a deal for sniper Pavol Demitra of the Los Angeles Kings.

“He’ll be a great help offensively,” said Risebrough minutes after the trade was announced. “I think he can play the center position. I think he can play the power play. I just think he likes to play, so he fits in well.”

What Risebrough hopes is that he fits in well with Marian Gaborik, who teamed with his fellow countryman on a potent line for Slovakia at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

“I think the significance is they know each other,” said Risebrough. “They’ve played together in Trencin, they’ve played together over the lockout, and they’ve played together at the World Championships and the Olympics. They know each other pretty well and I think it will help make them both productive. They are a good fit and they’ll feed off each other.”

“Marian’s the best player on the team, and we know that. We’re trying to find ways to make him better and this is one of those opportunities.”

Demitra will be under contract with the Wild for two more years, and Risebrough says that's two years of utilizing a player that is the perfect Wild player.

"What's so exciting to me about this deal is that it's the ultimate thing we've tried to do. We had a good player that developed, and you parlay that into a deal that will get something going. But I'm not sure you can make that deal unless you know you've got some other prospects that are ready to perform.

"Demitra is excited about the opportunity and the prospect of playing with Marian."

And why not? The two are close friends (Risebrough hinted that the two were talking when the GM phoned Demitra late in the Slovakian night) and both possess dynamic scoring abilities. Head coach Jacques Lemaire, who is also excited about the deal, can now toy with having Gaborik and Demitra on a line, with Brian Rolston, Todd White and Pierre-Marc Bouchard on other lines.

The move for the three-time 30+ goal scorer didn’t come without a price. The club gave up arguably its most promising prospect that never played a game with the team in Patrick O’Sullivan.

“It was very tough to give him up,” admitted Risebrough. “Patrick has really come on. There was some doubt about his background, but this kid is a quality kid that really developed this year. I think he’s going to be a good player. It’s just a difference between getting someone that can fit now rather than down the road.”

The Wild Select James Sheppard With Pick #9

From Glen Andersen at Wild.com:

James Sheppard took a big step toward realizing a dream of playing in the National Hockey League when the Minnesota Wild selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

Of course, every step Sheppard takes is a big one. Despite piling up 84 points in 66 games with Cape Breton last year, the prototypical power forward is known more for his size 15 skates.

“It’s not a problem now,” said Sheppard of finding skates that fit him. “It wasn’t fun as a kid, but now it’s more of an inside joke. I think they help with my speed. My acceleration still needs a bit of work, but when I get going, I can go pretty fast.”

In Minnesota, he hopes to be known as a hard-nosed goal-scorer that will do the pushing, as opposed to being pushed.

That was the reputation he built after one year at Cape Breton, where he scored 30 goals and added 54 assists in 66 games. His accolades include: being selected to play in the 2006 Top Prospects Game in Ottawa, a selection to the 2005-06 QMJHL All-Star team for the Canada-Russia challenge, a member of Team Canada at the 2005 Under 18 Junior World Cup.

The Wild had met with Sheppard twice prior to the draft, once at the combine, and on Thursday in Vancouver.

“I knew there was some interest there, but anything can happen,” he said. “I had speculation, but I was just happy to be here and when I put that jersey on, it was an experience that I’ll never forget.”

Two days ago, the NHL honored another big man that can set up goals as well as he can score them. Joe Thornton was named the League’s Most Valuable Player, and he represents the style that Sheppard tries to emulate.

“I like to compare myself to him,” he said. “He’s a big guy and he uses his size to his advantage and he protects the puck. He can score goals and pass the puck. I like the way he plays and he’s good down low.”

“The cliché I think I’m most like is a ‘power forward,’ because I’m big naturally and I’m only going to get bigger. I like to play down in the corners and win one-on-one battles to get my legs moving and create opportunities.”

Sheppard couldn’t be happier about going to a city, and a team, that is so passionate about hockey.

“I had a friend (Jean-Claude Sawyer) that was drafted by the Wild and he only had good things to say about them. I’ve talked to other people outside the organization, and they’ve had nothing but good things to say as well. It’s a good city, a good arena, and overall, a good organization.”

Friday, June 23, 2006

Brewers Beat Royals 7-2

From Sportsline.com:

Dave Bush pitched the Milwaukee Brewers back to .500.

Bush worked effectively into the eighth inning and Geoff Jenkins drove in three runs to lead Milwaukee past the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Friday night.

Corey Koskie homered for the Brewers and Bush (5-6) earned his second victory since May 12. He scattered nine hits, struck out eight and walked none in 7 1/3 innings.

"I gave up a lot of hits, but I was keeping the ball down so most of the hits were on the ground -- groundball singles," Bush said. "I was able to get out of a couple of jams, make pitches when I needed to."

Jenkins, who popped out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday to snap his six-game hitting streak, had a two-run double in the first and a run-scoring single in the third.

"Jenks had a big night," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "His numbers against right-handers are over .300. He's been one of our hottest hitters."

Koskie hit his 10th home run in a three-run first. Jenkins' two-out, opposite-field double scored Prince Fielder, who had walked, and Bill Hall, who had singled.

"Anytime you get three runs even before you go out there is a big help, and they tacked on a couple of more a couple of innings later," Bush said. "That lets me relax."

Bush's eight strikeouts were one shy of his season high.

"Most of them I was able to expand the zone," Bush said. "I was ahead in the count and I was able to work the pitches the way I wanted to. When you throw your fastball for strikes, your curveball is more effective. I don't have anything particularly overpowering. I know that and I think everybody else knows that. I try to throw strikes and keep the ball moving. I had good movement and a good sinker."

Hall, who had two hits and a walk, scored three runs for the Brewers, who have won five of seven to even their record at 37-37. The Royals had their season-best four-game winning streak snapped.

"We get to that .500 mark and have been stepping on our feet a little bit and going back a couple of games," Jenkins said. "Hopefully, we can get over that hump."

The Brewers were last over .500 on May 29, when they were 26-25.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Brewers Avoid Sweep in 4-3 Win

From Sportsline.com:

Rickie Weeks might look lost in the infield sometimes, but his bat has kept him in the major leagues.

And on Wednesday, it kept the Milwaukee Brewers from being swept by the Detroit Tigers.

Weeks hit a two-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning, lifting Milwaukee to a 4-3 victory over Detroit and snapping the Tigers' six-game winning streak.

"It was over the plate," Weeks said. "You've got to do something to it."

He did -- just barely. Weeks' seventh homer of the season came off fireballing Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya, landing just over the wall in left center field as outfielder Curtis Granderson tried to make a leaping catch.

Zumaya was disappointed he couldn't bring home a victory for starter Nate Robertson, but he wasn't exactly impressed by Weeks' estimated 385-foot shot.

"I hate giving up a home run in that situation when a guy is pitching his tail off," Zumaya said. "My role is to come in and get that guy out, and I gave up a little home run. Those are the ones that kill me, that barely go over. I'd rather have Weeks hit one 500 feet instead of a ball going 350 feet."

Brewers manager Ned Yost said Weeks showed off his superior bat speed against what he called Zumaya's "electric" stuff.

"Rickie's got that type of bat speed that he can turn that around, and he did right there," Yost said.

Weeks leads the majors with 20 errors at second base this season, leading to speculation that he would be better off working on his fielding in the minor leagues or switching positions. But Yost, who has preached patience with the 23-year-old, said he can see Weeks beginning to work his way out of his fielding problems too.

"Rickie's been playing pretty good defense, so for me there's not much of a debate," Yost said.

Robertson gave up three runs - two earned -- in 6 2/3 innings before giving up a pinch-hit single to Chris Barnwell, his first major league hit.

"That was a good feeling," Barnwell said. "I definitely had some chills."

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Brewers Blown Out in 1-10 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Rookie Zach Miner was thrilled to pitch his first major league complete game.

Magglio Ordonez hit two home runs and Craig Monroe and Ivan Rodriguez added one each to lift the Tigers to a 10-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

"I've never went nine innings," said Miner, who has had five complete games in the minor leagues, all seven innings or shorter. "I like to get the cheap sevens, I had a five-inning complete game too with rain, but that one really doesn't count."

This one did for the Tigers, who are now a major-league best 28-10 on the road, five more wins than any other team.

Meanwhile, Miner (3-1) efficiently kept the Brewers off-balance with a big breaking ball and a fastball in the low 90s.

"As he got into the game, he started using his changeup and that made him a whole different pitcher," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Brewers Blow Lead in 1-3 Loss To Tigers

From Sportsline.com:

But the Brewers gave up three runs in the eighth sparked by two bunt singles and two errant throws.

Reliever Matt Wise (4-4) fielded a soft bunt down the first-base line from Inge and threw the ball into right field as Inge advanced to second.

"That was ridiculous, I have no idea why I threw that ball," Wise said. "Me giving up runs like that makes me want to puke."

The Brewers didn't have a baserunner after that and Todd Jones recorded his 19th save in 22 chances.

Bonderman allowed four hits and walked three. His fastball touched 95 mph and he mixed in a sharp slider in the mid-80s while striking out six straight at one point, one shy of the club record, beginning with Fielder and Bill Hall to end the fourth.

In the fifth inning, he struck out the side on 13 pitches. Bonderman fanned pitcher Doug Davis to begin the sixth and struck out Carlos Lee to end the inning on a 93 mph fastball.

But he began to come apart after Fielder's homer and loaded the bases with two outs. Shortstop Carlos Guillen settled him and Bonderman retired Rickie Weeks on a grounder to end the threat.

"He just came up and gave me that little pat on the back," Bonderman said. "Sometimes that's what you need."

Bonderman's 12 strikeouts tied his season high, set against Tampa Bay in his previous start. He became the first Tigers pitcher since Mickey Lolich to strike out 12 or more batters in consecutive games.

Davis struck out nine over seven innings and allowed three hits for Milwaukee.

Seahawks Release Rouen

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have released punter Tom Rouen, the team announced today.

Rouen, who completed his 13th season in 2005, joined the Seahawks in 2003 and punted in 32 games over three seasons. He played in 16 games in 2003, saw his 2004 season cut short to four games due to a hamstring injury and punted in 12 games last season after the team released Leo Araguz.

He recorded 154 punts for 6,394 yards, with 59 inside the 20, 11 touchbacks and two blocked kicks while with Seattle.

For his career, he has played in 188 games with 810 punts for 35,189 yards (43.4 avg), with a net average of 36.2, a long of 76, 243 landing inside the 20, 89 touchbacks and nine blocked kicks.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Brewers Sweep Indians in 6-3 Walf-Off Win

From Sportsline.com:

Carlos Lee had a special father's day dedication to make after his first career walk-off home run lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

"I was hitting it for myself," Lee said with a smile. "I'm a father, too."

Lee's three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth broke a 3-3 tie, allowing the Brewers to complete a three-game sweep of the Indians.

It was the latest in a series of home comebacks for the Brewers, who have trailed in 20 of their 24 victories at Miller Park this season. Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to beat Cleveland on Saturday.

"They don't fold up when they get behind a little bit," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "They keep after it."

With the victory, Milwaukee has climbed back to the .500 mark for the first time since May 30. After breaking an eight-game losing streak earlier this month, the Brewers have won nine of their last 13.

"We bounced back from that little streak really well, and have been playing pretty good baseball," Yost said.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Brewers Come Back To Beat Indians 3-2

From Sportsline.com:

Geoff Jenkins said Jake Westbrook's outing for the Indians was one of the best pitching performances he'd seen all season. But it didn't stop him from winning the game for the Brewers.

Jenkins hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Milwaukee over Cleveland 3-2 Saturday night.

Jenkins' hit off Bob Wickman (1-2) wasted Westbrook's dominating performance in an eight-inning duel with counterpart Dave Bush.

"You're not going to see many games as good as that," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Wickman got the first out of the ninth, then walked Carlos Lee and Prince Fielder. Bill Hall hit a soft single to load the bases for Jenkins, who is now hitting .295 with runners in scoring position despite his .256 overall average.

Jenkins ripped a line drive that rolled to wall in right and immediately raised his fist to celebrate.

"Obviously, I couldn't throw a strike," said Wickman, who blew his second save opportunity in 11 chances. "It doesn't matter how sharp the stuff is if you can't throw a strike."

It was the first time in 29 games that the Indians had lost after heading to the ninth with the lead.

Jose Capellan (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to get the win. The Indians put runners on second and third against Capellan when Ronnie Belliard hit a sharp liner that third baseman Corey Koskie snagged.

"He made a great play," Indians shortstop Jhonny Peralta said. "We just don't have a lot of good luck right now."

Friday, June 16, 2006

Brewers Hold On To Beat Indians 6-4

From Sportsline.com:

Chris Capuano is keeping his goals simple as he piles up quality starts for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Capuano struck out a career-high 12 and Corey Koskie and Carlos Lee homered to help the Brewers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Friday night.

"I'm grateful that I've been able to be consistent this year," Capuano said. "It's a nice feeling when you come out of the game and the team is in the game and you got a chance to win."

Capuano (7-4) allowed six hits in seven strong innings. Cleveland pitcher C.C. Sabathia hit a two-run double in the fifth but that was it for the Indians against Capuano, who didn't allow a walk.

"It's an extension of doing what he's done all year long," Brewers manager Ned Yost said of Capuano, who has pitched at least six innings in each of his 15 starts.

Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said Capuano did a nice job throwing his fastball, curve and changeup.

"But it was more about the location of his pitches and the way he kept us off balance," he said.

Capuano, who is third in the NL with 93 strikeouts, has become the anchor of the Brewers' staff. With Ben Sheets, Tomo Ohka and Rick Helling all serving time on the disabled list this season, Capuano has turned in 14 quality starts. However, since the beginning of May, his record is just 3-2 with four no-decisions in a span of nine outings.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Brewers Can't Pull Off The Sweep in 0-3 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

The Reds, who had lost seven of their previous 11 games at home, got an outstanding start from Elizardo Ramirez to salvage the finale of a three-game series.

Ramirez, relying on a changeup he learned from former Reds All-Star Mario Soto, struck out a career-high 10 in eight sharp innings, his longest outing in the majors. The Brewers wasted a strong effort from Carlos Villanueva, who pitched six innings in his first big league start.

"It was unbelievable," Ramirez said. "Every inning, you had to concentrate."

Ramirez allowed five hits and walked one. Todd Coffey followed with two innings of one-hit relief -- escaping a jam in the ninth -- and Chris Hammond (1-1) pitched a hitless 11th to get the win.

"My changeup was a good pitch," Ramirez said. "I was able to throw it to left-handers and right-handers, and I was using it when I was behind in the count."

Villanueva, making only his second major league appearance, gave up four hits while striking out five and walking two. His only previous game in the majors was a scoreless inning at Cincinnati on May 23.

The Brewers' best chance to score came in the ninth. Corey Koskie led off with a double and stayed there when shortstop Felipe Lopez dropped Carlos Lee's routine grounder for an error.

Both runners advanced on Prince Fielder's sharp one-hopper back to Coffey, who blocked the ball with the inside of his left ankle. Koskie was thrown out at the plate on Bill Hall's chopper to Aurilia at third, and Geoff Jenkins ended the threat by grounding out to first.

"We had our opportunities," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "We just didn't get the hits."

Both starters allowed two runners each to reach second base through the first six innings, and the Brewers got one to third. Rickie Weeks was stranded at third in the third when Lee grounded out.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Brewers Win Again 6-4

From Sportsline.com:

Hitting seventh is the perfect therapy for Geoff Jenkins.

The slumping right fielder was dropped from third in the Milwaukee batting order to seventh Tuesday night and he responded with two hits and two RBI to help the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4.

Jenkins had just six hits in his previous 41 at bats (.146) before going 2-for-3 with a two-run single that snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning.

"That was a big hit," manager Ned Yost said. "It was just a matter of time before he got it going, and this was a big first step."

"Obviously, it's nice to pitch in and help," Jenkins said. "There are times when you go through little ruts and you've just got to go battle. Last year, I was in a funk and (Yost) did the same thing. It lit a little fire under me. We're at the same point this year."

Damian Miller followed with an RBI single in support of Doug Davis (4-4), who hadn't won since beating the Reds on May 24. He gave up six hits and three runs with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

Brian Shouse, Jose Capellan and Dan Kolb combined to pitch the seventh and eighth innings before Derrick Turnbow got the final three outs for his 19th save in 23 opportunities.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Jackson Earns 1st Major League Win as Brewers Prevail 6-5

From Sportsline.com:

Moments after his first major-league victory was clinched, left-hander Zach Jackson met the two dozen relatives who drove in from Pittsburgh and presented them with two game-used baseballs.

See, they didn't all wind up in the stands.

The 23-year-old rookie gave up four homers and was facing his first big-league loss Monday night when the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 6-5 victory over the slumping Cincinnati Reds. Prince Fielder hit a tying homer in the eighth, and Rickie Weeks followed with a go-ahead single.

Quite a way to get that first win.

"That's the kind of pitcher I am," said Jackson, who challenged the NL's more homer-reliant lineup. "I'd rather make them earn it. If that's what happens, I give up a couple of runs, so be it."

The comeback was stirring for the Brewers -- only their fifth win in the last 16 games -- but the rookie's start was the most encouraging. Milwaukee's downturn is directly tied to its depleted pitching staff.

Since Ben Sheets and Tomo Ohka went on the disabled list in early May, their replacements have gone 2-11. And one of those wins now belongs to Jackson (1-0), who has clearly been the best of the backup bunch in two starts.

"He did a nice job," manager Ned Yost said. "The home runs obviously hurt him, but he was on the attack. He got us through seven. We haven't had that luxury with the pitchers we've been trying to fill in those spots with, and he's done it twice."

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Brewers Lose 5-7 to St. Louis

From Sportsline.com:

The Milwaukee Brewers decided not to let Scott Rolen beat them. David Eckstein and Jim Edmonds took care of that.

Edmonds doubled twice and had two RBI, and Eckstein and Rolen each scored twice to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday.

Eckstein scored after both of his singles, while Rolen, who came in with a 14-game hitting streak, went 0-for-2 with two walks and a sacrifice fly.

Brewers manager Ned Yost said there's hardly relief from the Cardinals' onslaught, even with reigning NL MVP Albert Pujols (strained oblique muscle) on the disabled list.

"Eckstein's leading the (National) League in hits, he's setting the table," Yost said. "Then you've got Rolen and Edmonds behind him. Rolen's hitting about everything and Edmonds is getting timely hits."

So was everyone else.

Every Cardinals batter reached base by the fifth, and the bullpen worked five scoreless innings capped by Jason Isringhausen's 20th save to tie Lee Smith's franchise record 160.

"It's a great accomplishment because I'm from the area," said Isringhausen, who grew up 35 miles from St. Louis in Brighton, Ill.

Josh Hancock (3-2) earned the win in relief, striking out two in 1 1/3 hitless innings.

"The bullpen has been a big strength," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "But the rotation is in a little rut."

Bill Hall had two hits and three RBI to lead the Brewers, who lost six of 10 on their homestand.

"We kept battling back, going back and forth, they just got the lead and their relievers came in and closed out the ball game," Hall said.

Edmonds' two-run double in the first gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead. After Rickie Weeks homered to open the bottom of the first for Milwaukee, Yadier Molina's solo homer made it 3-1 in the second.

Prince Fielder hit his 10th homer in the bottom of the second to bring the Brewers within a run again, and Juan Encarnacion's RBI ground out in the third made it 4-2.

Hall's 15th homer pulled the Brewers to 4-3, before the Cardinals scored three runs in the fourth.

St. Louis strung together the runs with three hits and a walk off Brewers starter Dave Bush (4-6) that began when center fielder Gabe Gross let Eckstein's single bounce over his glove for an error, allowing Hector Luna to score.

John Rodriguez singled in Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan and Rolen's sacrifice fly scored Eckstein to give the Cardinals a 7-3 lead.

Hall added a two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth to complete the scoring.

Bush was done after four innings, having allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out three.

"Today was just not his day. He was catching the fat part of the plate," Yost said. "He kind of labored right from the onset, got his pitch count up. He just struggled."

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Brewers Come Back to Beat Cardinals 4-3

From Sportsline.com:

Cardinals reliever Braden Looper threw the pitch he wanted -- a sinker tailing low and inside. It was just what Corey Hart had been told to look for.

Hart's RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Hart said hitting coach Butch Wynegar had told him what Looper's approach would be just before he went to the plate.

"I was just trying to get anything to put the bat on the ball," Hart said. "I talked to Butch and he kind of let me know what the guy had. I tried to stay focused and hit the ball where they weren't."

Corey Koskie walked to lead off the eighth and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gabe Gross. The Cardinals pulled reliever Randy Flores (0-1) for Looper.

"It's my job to get that guy out," Looper said. "I didn't get the job done."

Hart, who was pinch-hitting for reliever Matt Wise (4-3), singled up the middle on a slow roller to give Milwaukee its first lead of the game.

"I just tried to give him a quick preview of how he would throw," Wynegar said. "Braden's probably over there saying 'How in the hell did he hit that pitch?"'

Derrick Turnbow pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 21 chances.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Brewers Blow Lead in 6-10 Loss To Cards

From Sportsline.com:

The St. Louis Cardinals were too tough to give up after two innings.

Scott Spiezio drove in three runs in a six-run fourth inning and the Cardinals overcame a 6-0 deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 on Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

"We're confident that we're tough enough between the ears that we're going to play nine," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "Being down six, you're not going to win that game very often."

The Cardinals, swept in a three-game series at home this week by Cincinnati, had lost three of four since first baseman Albert Pujols was sidelined with a strained muscle in his side. They had lost six of nine overall. Pujols, the reigning NL MVP who leads the majors with 25 homers and 65 RBI, is on the 15-day disabled list and is out indefinitely.

David Eckstein had three hits and drove in two runs and So Taguchi had two hits and knocked in two runs for the Cardinals, who had 12 hits.

Jorge De La Rosa was making his third consecutive start for Milwaukee having been pushed into the starting rotation due to injuries to Ben Sheets, Tomo Ohka and Rick Helling.

Staked to a 6-0 lead, the left-hander couldn't protect it as St. Louis scored twice in the third and then six times in the fourth to chase him from the game.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Hall's Walk-Off Homer Wins It For Brewers, 4-3

From Sportsline.com:

Bill Hall felt real confident being up in a key spot.

Even if his mother wasn't there.

Hall led off the 10th inning with a home run Thursday afternoon, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.

"Only thing, my mom wasn't in the stands," Hall said. "But I'm sure she was home watching."

It was Hall's second game-ending homer of the year. His other one came against the New York Mets on May 14, when Hall was swinging a pink bat as part of a Mother's Day breast cancer fundraiser and his mom, Vergie, was in the crowd.

The Brewers trailed 3-2 in the ninth, with two outs, and runner on first and Padres closer Trevor Hoffman on the mound. But shortstop Khalil Greene misplayed a grounder by Rickie Weeks, an error that extended the inning and allowed Carlos Lee to go from first to third.

Brady Clark followed with a tying single.

"I should have made the play," Greene said. "He got it off the end (of the bat), and he can really run out of the box."

Greene's first thought was to try to get Lee at second. But he realized that would have been a tough test of his footwork, so he decided to focus on throwing out the speedy Weeks instead. But the ball squirted past him.

"It just stayed down and got by me," Greene said.

It was the second time the Brewers have come back against Hoffman this season. Corey Koskie's double gave Milwaukee a 5-4 victory in San Diego May 9.

"You don't do that very often, but we've done it twice," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Brewer Lose 5-6

From Sportsline.com:

Finally, the home run helped the San Diego Padres instead of hurt them.

Adrian Gonzalez and Vinny Castilla hit consecutive homers in the eighth inning to lift the San Diego Padres over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 Wednesday night.

"We've been missing that," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "It won the game for us tonight, and that was what was hurting us, the long ball. "The Mexican Connection game through."

Milwaukee scored three times in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead but Gonzalez led off the next inning with his seventh homer. Gonzalez's drive came on an 0-2 pitch from Matt Wise (3-3) and extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games.

"An 0-2 change-up for a strike is pretty much a mistake," Gonzalez said. "It stayed up knee-high. When you throw a change-up with two strikes up in the zone, most times, you're going to be able to (hit) it."

Castilla followed with another 0-2 pitch that resulted in a homer to left, his second of the season and first since April 12.

"Two of them in a row? That's the last thing you'd expect," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Brewers Win Again 5-1

From Sportsline.com:

Dave Bush pitched a three-hitter and Geoff Jenkins went 4-for-4 to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 Tuesday night.

Jenkins, who suffered a mild concussion Sunday during a collision with teammate Prince Fielder, snapped an 0-for-15 slump with four singles. Rickie Weeks had three base hits to break out of a 1-for-22 skid and Corey Koskie hit a solo home run for Milwaukee.

Bush (4-5) did not allow a hit until Adrian Gonzalez singled in the fifth. Pinch-hitter Josh Bard singled in the seventh and Gonzalez hit his sixth homer of the year in the eighth for San Diego.

Bush pitched his second complete game of the year, walking two and striking out five. He also collected his first major league extra-base hit, driving an RBI double off the center-field wall in the fourth.

San Diego's Jake Peavy (4-6) struggled after his start was pushed back from Saturday due to tendinitis in his right shoulder. The right-hander pitched 3 2-3 innings, giving up five runs and seven hits. He struck out three and walked one.

Jenkins sat out Monday night's game and was key to the Brewers' offense against Peavy. He singled and scored in the first, and had an RBI single in the third inning.

Brewers Complete 1st Day of Draft

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

Round 1: Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Halifax County High School

Round 2: Brent Brewer, SS, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek High School
May project as a left fielder in the pros, according to reports. ... Is a multi-sport athlete who committed to attend Florida State University if he does not sign with the Brewers. Mississippi State and Georgia also showed interest. ... The Brewers have hit on some quality players in the second round in recent seasons, including right-handers Will Inman (2005) and Yovani Gallardo (2004), outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr. (2003) and shortstop J.J. Hardy (2001).

Round 3: Cole Gillespie, LF, Oregon State University
Named the 2006 Pacific-10 Conference baseball player of the year ... Scored 69 runs in the 2006 regular season, the most by any Pac-10 player this season and a new Oregon State single-season record. Led the conference with a .683 slugging percentage and tied for first with a .492 on-base percentage, while ranking among the Pac-10 leaders in batting average (.370, fourth), RBIs (50, seventh), doubles (20, third), home runs (11, fifth) total bases (129, fifth), and stolen bases (14, tied for fourth).

Round 4: Evan Anundsen, RHP, Columbine (Co.) High School
Signed a letter of intent to play at Wichita State University. ... Had a 1.98 ERA with five wins and 68 strikeouts for Columbine last spring and pitched his team to the class 5A state baseball championship. ... His older sister, Sara, was a three-time state tennis champion and Evan made it to state as a doubles player in his freshman season before deciding to concentrate on baseball.

Round 5: Chris Errecart, LF, University of California
Was a Cape Cod League All-Star last summer, batting .303 with five doubles, a triple, six home runs and 22 RBIs for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox ... Was named a second-team preseason All-American and the fourth-best professional prospect out of the Cape Cod League by Baseball America ... Told the Stockton (Calif.) Record before the draft, "I definitely want to sign. It's something I've been ready for my entire life."

Round 6: Micah Wright, LHP, Oklahoma State University
Listed in Major League Baseball's draft database as Micah Wright but goes by his middle name. ... Played baseball and football at the University of Mississippi but was kicked off the Rebels baseball team in 2004 for a third violation of team rules and transferred to OSU. ... Drafted in the 26th round by the Florida Marlins in 2002 but did not sign. ... According to his OSU bio, he is the cousin of former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher David "Vinegar Bend" Mizell, who pitched seven years for St. Louis in the 1950s.

Round 7: Andrew Bouchie, C, Oral Roberts University

Round 8: Shane Hill, RHP, Florida Christian School
Committed to play for the University of Tennessee. ... Formal first name is "Charles" but goes by Shane.

Round 9: Shawn Ferguson, RHP, Texas Christian University
Selected by the Orioles in the 36th round of the 2005 draft but did not sign. ... Named to the 2004 NJCAA Division I Baseball Championship All-Tournament team as an outfielder while playing for San Jacinto Junior College.

Round 10: Michael McClendon, RHP, Seminole (Fla.) Community College
Second-team NJCAA Division I Baseball All-American in 2005

Round 11: Zach Clem, LF, University of Washington
Played catcher and third base at Washington before finding a home in the outfield. ... Had his best season in 2006, finishing his Huskies career one home run short of tying the university's all-time home run record of 42. Two more home runs this season would have tied Clem for the season high of 22, and he led the team in slugging percentage (.645), RBIs (53) and total bases (140), and was second in runs (52) and third in on-base percentage (.417) while batting .304. ... "I'm going to get drafted -- not knowing or wondering if it would be hard," he told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "And I'm going to sign for sure."

Monday, June 05, 2006

Brewers Finally Get Win Against Padres, 5-2

From Sportsline.com:

The Milwaukee Brewers found a simple way to snap their season-long eight-game losing streak. Walk around it.

Carlos Lee hit his 19th home run, Chris Capuano pitched his way in and out of trouble for six innings and the Brewers used nine Padres walks in a 5-2 victory over San Diego on Monday night.

"It was a grind for me and all of us," Capuano said. "It's extra rewarding when you win those games, when you go out there and you don't have your best stuff."

Capuano (6-4) wasn't particularly sharp, allowing six hits and four walks but he excelled compared to Padres starter Clay Hensley (4-4), who issued walks to four of his first eight batters and finished with a career-high seven.

"In those situations, you try to let him dig as big a hole as you can let him," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "We've been on the other end of it enough the last week."

Milwaukee's Gabe Gross, starting in right field for Geoff Jenkins, hit his second home run in as many days in the eighth. Jenkins sat out with a concussion, a day after colliding with burly first baseman Prince Fielder.

Gross had been mired in a 6-for-45 slump and said he's spent extra time hitting after games during the losing skid to tweak his swing.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Brewers Swept Again in 4-8 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Alfonso Soriano squandered an opportunity when he grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. He didn't make the same mistake twice.

Soriano hit a grand slam and a solo homer to lead the Washington Nationals over the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.

"He seems to do something in each win we have," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said.

Soriano went 3-for-4 to overcome a pair of bad plays. He made a baserunning error in the first and grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the fourth.

All of that was forgotten when he hit his third career grand slam in his next at-bat in the sixth inning. Soriano said he wasn't thinking about the double play when he came up in the sixth.

"I take a couple of pitches and see the ball better and tried to make very good contact," he said.

After an intentional walk to Mike Vento put two on with two outs, Jorge De La Rosa (2-2) walked Nationals pitcher Tony Armas Jr. to load the bases.
De La Rosa was pulled for reliever Joe Winkelsas, and Soriano hit a 2-2 fastball into the Brewers' bullpen to give the Nationals a 6-0 lead.

"Sooner or later, he'll get you," Robinson said of Soriano. "You're dealing with fire."

That was more than enough for Armas (6-3), who allowed one unearned run and two hits in six innings. He retired the first nine Brewers -- three on strikeouts -- and 13 of the first 14.

"I'm very pleased with the way he pitched," Robinson said. "He threw strikes, he changed speeds, he got outs."

Milwaukee has now lost eight straight. The Brewers have been outscored 64-21 during the streak.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

The Longest MLB Losing Streak Continues as Brewers Lose 3-4

From Sportsline.com:

Washington catcher Brian Schneider was just looking to tie the game when he came up in the ninth inning.

He did more than that, hitting a two-run homer off Milwaukee closer Derrick Turnbow to lift the Nationals to a 4-3 victory Saturday night.

"I was just trying to hit the ball hard," Schneider said. "I knew when I hit it I at least got the job done. When it went out, it was definitely a bonus."

Washington reliever and 2004 first-round pick Bill Bray earned the win in his major league debut by throwing only one pitch as Schneider threw out Corey Koskie trying to steal second in the eighth.

"I was just in the right place at the right time," Bray said.

Ryan Zimmerman singled to lead off the ninth and reached second when Turnbow (2-3) threw an errant pick off attempt.

It proved costly when a ground ball by Marlon Anderson could have been a double play. Instead, Zimmerman reached third and Schneider's one-out blast cleared the right field fence.

Brewes Make Some Moves

From John Sahly at MLB.com:

After Friday night's 10-4 loss to the Nationals, the Brewers made a series of roster moves.

Left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland was optioned to Nashville following his unimpressive performance. He lasted four-plus innings on Friday and in his five starts struggled to keep the Brewers in ballgames.

Joining him in Nashville is right-handed reliever Chris Mabeus, who was assigned outright to Nashville. He is scheduled to be in uniform for Nashville for Saturday night's game vs. Iowa. In his one appearance for the Brewers this season, Mabeus pitched 1 2/3 innings and surrendered four runs on May 29 against Pittsburgh.

Right-hander Allan Simpson and left-hander Zach Jackson were added from Nashville to the Major League roster. Jackson was 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 57 innings pitched. Simpson was 1-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 27 innings pitched. The Brewers have not officially announced a starter for Eveland's spot in the rotation on Wednesday against San Diego.

Right-hander Rick Helling, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 11, was moved to the 60-day disabled list to open a roster spot. He is still on track to come back to the Brewers this month as scheduled.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Brewers Continue to Stink in 4-10 Loss to Nationals

From Sportsline.com:

Dana Eveland (0-3) took the loss in his sixth start for injured Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets. It was the third straight loss for Eveland, who gave up five runs and six hits in four innings.

After the game, Eveland was optioned back to Triple-A Nashville, along with right-hander Chris Mabeus. The Brewers purchased the contracts of right-hander Allan Simpson and left-hander Zack Jackson from Nashville.

"He made fewer mistakes tonight, but he was still erratic," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "We've been trying to get him to move on a downhill plane."

Eveland said he was not surprised by the move.

"You've got to get people out and go deep into ballgames and I have not been doing that," he said. "I just have to go down, work on some things and hopefully I'll be back up very soon."

The Nationals took a 2-0 lead in the first on Johnson's RBI double and Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly. Washington increased the lead to 3-0 in the second on Royce Clayton's RBI single.

The Brewers cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning. Corey Koskie reached first when Johnson's throw to Ortiz covering first base was wide. Koskie went to second when Schneider couldn't come up with the ball near the Brewers dugout. Damian Miller followed with his fifth home run of the season.

Washington scored a run without a hit in the fifth. After Clayton walked and Vidro was hit by a pitch, Johnson hit a slow grounder to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Prince Fielder couldn't handle Weeks' throw and dropped the ball, allowing Clayton to score. Marlon Byrd then singled to drive in Vidro for a 5-2 lead.

Pinch-hitter Corey Hart's RBI single in the seventh gave Washington an 8-4 lead and Vidro added a two-run double in the eighth.

Seahawks Release Bannister, Urban, & McIntyre

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks released WR Alex Bannister, DT Garrett McIntyre and WR Jerheme Urban, the team announced this afternoon.

Bannister was drafted in the fifth-round of the 2001 NFL Draft and played in 57 career games with four starts. He was named to the Pro Bowl as the NFC's special teams representative after the 2003 season and had nine career receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown.

Urban, who signed with Seattle as a free agent in 2003, played in 10 career games with two starts and caught 13 catches for 268 yards and one touchdown.

McIntyre signed with Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent May 1.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Brewers Swept By Pirates in 3-4 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Jose Castillo was on his way to the clubhouse, celebrating not only a game-winning home run but a streak of six consecutive games with a homer when a Pirates teammate grabbed him and pushed him back toward the field.

No home run. No six-game streak. And, at least for a couple of minutes, no Pirates victory, though it took only one more batter to clear up the confusion.

Ryan Doumit hit a game-winning single after the umpires took away Castillo's apparent homer and called both teams back onto the field, and the Pirates finished off a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a bizarre 4-3 victory Thursday.

The Pirates trailed 3-2 entering the ninth, but Jeromy Burnitz doubled off Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow (2-2). One batter later, Castillo hit a long drive that bounced off the padding atop the right field wall and was first called a home run.

"It was fun celebrating," Burnitz said. "But once I saw their guys emphatically running in, I knew there was a chance we might have to replay it."

After conferring behind second base, the umpires decided Castillo's drive did not clear the wall and put him back at second -- after some Pirates had headed to the clubhouse and fireworks were shot off. Brewers manager Ned Yost argued Castillo stopped at first and should have been put there, though Castillo was seen running the bases and touching home following the initial wave of confusion.

"My argument was why did he get second base?" Yost said. "Nobody saw him stop at first."