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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.


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