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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Brewers Swept Again in 4-8 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Alfonso Soriano squandered an opportunity when he grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. He didn't make the same mistake twice.

Soriano hit a grand slam and a solo homer to lead the Washington Nationals over the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.

"He seems to do something in each win we have," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said.

Soriano went 3-for-4 to overcome a pair of bad plays. He made a baserunning error in the first and grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the fourth.

All of that was forgotten when he hit his third career grand slam in his next at-bat in the sixth inning. Soriano said he wasn't thinking about the double play when he came up in the sixth.

"I take a couple of pitches and see the ball better and tried to make very good contact," he said.

After an intentional walk to Mike Vento put two on with two outs, Jorge De La Rosa (2-2) walked Nationals pitcher Tony Armas Jr. to load the bases.
De La Rosa was pulled for reliever Joe Winkelsas, and Soriano hit a 2-2 fastball into the Brewers' bullpen to give the Nationals a 6-0 lead.

"Sooner or later, he'll get you," Robinson said of Soriano. "You're dealing with fire."

That was more than enough for Armas (6-3), who allowed one unearned run and two hits in six innings. He retired the first nine Brewers -- three on strikeouts -- and 13 of the first 14.

"I'm very pleased with the way he pitched," Robinson said. "He threw strikes, he changed speeds, he got outs."

Milwaukee has now lost eight straight. The Brewers have been outscored 64-21 during the streak.


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