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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."


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