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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Brewers Lose To Giants 3-4

From Sportsline.com:

Rookie Prince Fielder had his third straight three-hit game and drove in a run for Milwaukee, and Tomo Ohka pitched five solid innings in his return to the rotation. It was the right-hander's first start since May 1, when he left a game against Houston after partially tearing his right rotator cuff.

"I thought he pitched great," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He was back like he hadn't missed a beat."

With a runner on and one out in the sixth, Mark Sweeney just missed a home run that would have put the Giants ahead when the ball sailed just to the right of the right-field foul pole on its way into McCovey Cove. He singled moments later to move Pedro Feliz to third.

After Eliezer Alfonzo struck out, Alou hit for Wright and lined a double against Geremi Gonzalez (2-1) off the wall in center.

"Tonight is a good start for us," Sweeney said. "Hopefully we can get this to snowball in the right direction."

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the first on Fielder's RBI single that followed two stolen bases by Rickie Weeks. They scored on an error for their second run in the fourth that gave them a 3-2 lead.

Giants center fielder Randy Winn made a wild throw home on Bill Hall's RBI single. The ball bounced off Hall's bat, then Wright dropped the ball while backing up the plate.

Wright allowed eight hits and struck out five in six innings. Armando Benitez worked the ninth for his 12th save in 16 chances.

Vizquel helped Wright record two outs on the first three pitches of the third, a liner and groundout. In all, it was a five-pitch inning after Jenkins grounded out to first to end it.

Earlier Tuesday, the Brewers received the disappointing news that shortstop J.J. Hardy will have season-ending surgery on his injured right ankle as soon as Thursday.

The Brewers placed Hardy on the disabled list May 17 after he collided at home plate with Philadelphia catcher Sal Fasano. The sprain healed, but Hardy started having trouble with a tendon in the ankle.


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