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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Hall's Walk-Off Homer Wins It For Brewers, 4-3



From Sportsline.com:

Bill Hall felt real confident being up in a key spot.

Even if his mother wasn't there.

Hall led off the 10th inning with a home run Thursday afternoon, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.

"Only thing, my mom wasn't in the stands," Hall said. "But I'm sure she was home watching."

It was Hall's second game-ending homer of the year. His other one came against the New York Mets on May 14, when Hall was swinging a pink bat as part of a Mother's Day breast cancer fundraiser and his mom, Vergie, was in the crowd.

The Brewers trailed 3-2 in the ninth, with two outs, and runner on first and Padres closer Trevor Hoffman on the mound. But shortstop Khalil Greene misplayed a grounder by Rickie Weeks, an error that extended the inning and allowed Carlos Lee to go from first to third.

Brady Clark followed with a tying single.

"I should have made the play," Greene said. "He got it off the end (of the bat), and he can really run out of the box."

Greene's first thought was to try to get Lee at second. But he realized that would have been a tough test of his footwork, so he decided to focus on throwing out the speedy Weeks instead. But the ball squirted past him.

"It just stayed down and got by me," Greene said.

It was the second time the Brewers have come back against Hoffman this season. Corey Koskie's double gave Milwaukee a 5-4 victory in San Diego May 9.

"You don't do that very often, but we've done it twice," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

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