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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.

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