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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Brewers Lose Again To D'Backs 1-8

From Sportsline.com:

Webb and Capuano rank among the NL leaders in wins, winning percentage, ERA, innings pitched and shutouts.

But the hyped matchup didn't live up to its billing as the Diamondbacks jumped on Capuano, who hadn't lost in seven starts. Only Webb looked like an All-Star on this night, trimming his league-leading ERA to 2.52 by shutting out the Brewers on six hits in seven innings. Webb, who was lifted after 110 pitches, walked two and tied a season high with 10 strikeouts.

"My arm felt great," said Webb, who added that he relied more on breaking balls than his trademark sinker. "To get runs early, especially off Cappy, who's having a great year, it definitely makes a starter's job easier."

Since giving up a season-high seven runs to Seattle on June 27, Webb has yielded two runs in his last three starts, a span of 23 innings. And that doesn't count Webb's inning in the All-Star Game, when he retired Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez.

Capuano (10-5) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He allowed eight runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits.

"I never really could get in a rhythm out there," Capuano said. "I had real trouble locating the ball."

Capuano was in trouble from the first batter, surrendering a leadoff double down the left field line to Eric Byrnes, who scored on Luis Gonzalez double down the right field line one out later.

In the second, Capuano gave up three runs but all were unearned. Third baseman Jeff Cirillo's throwing error allowed one run to score and set the stage for two-out RBI singles by Damion Easley and Gonzalez, putting the Brewers in a 4-0 hole.

In the third, Capuano gave up a leadoff home run to Jackson into the bullpen down the left field line. One inning later, Jackson homered again, this time into the left field seats with a man aboard to make it 7-0. It was Jackson's second career multihomer game.

Johnny Estrada followed with his eighth home run to chase Capuano.

"To their credit, they were swinging the bats well and hit a lot of my mistakes," Capuano said.

The loss dropped Milwaukee eight games behind St. Louis in the NL Central, but manager Ned Yost said his team could only worry about salvaging the final game of this series.

"You can't bury your head in the sand," he said. "You get after it again tomorrow."


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