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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.


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