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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Brewers Swept in 0-8 Loss



From Sportsline.com:

Rookie Zach Jackson (1-1) gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- and walked three in five innings for Milwaukee. He wasn't hit all that hard on Sunday, but an error and two walks in the third got the Twins rolling toward the three-game sweep.

"That's not my game," Jackson said. "I'm not a big walk guy. I need to have control and I wasn't able to do that today."

After Michael Cuddyer's RBI single gave the Twins a 1-0 lead in the first, Minnesota broke the game open with an opportunistic third inning.

Morneau came up with the bases loaded and one out and hit a high chopper toward Rickie Weeks at second. But the ball handcuffed Weeks and scooted past him for an error, allowing Luis Castillo and Mike Redmond to score to start the rally.

Jackson also walked two in the inning, then Shannon Stewart blooped a double to shallow right field that scored two more runs to make it 6-0.

Morneau's solo homer in the fifth -- his 21st of the season -- rattled a suite in right field, and Jason Kubel added an RBI single to make it 8-0.

"I don't care how hot a team is, I have to give my team a chance to win," Jackson said. "I didn't do that today."

Liriano got off to a rough start, hitting Weeks to start the game and giving up a single to Jeff Cirillo. He then stumbled during his delivery to No. 3 hitter Corey Hart, and the balk allowed Weeks and Cirillo to each move up a base.

Liriano walked around the mound gingerly after the stumble and was examined by Twins trainers.

"I don't even know what happened," Liriano said. "I tried to use the slide step and just slipped."

Once he regained his footing, it was all over for the Brewers.

Liriano struck out Hart on the next pitch, then got Carlos Lee swinging before Prince Fielder ground out to second to end the inning.

The Brewers managed just two hits the rest of the way as the Twins continued their remarkable run.

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