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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."

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