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Friday, July 14, 2006

Turnbow Blows Another One As Brewers Lose 3-4



From Sportsline.com:

Arizona catcher Johnny Estrada thought he deserved to make the National League All-Star team.

Three days after the game, Estrada showed why it may have been a mistake to leave him off. And he did it against Milwaukee closer Derrick Turnbow, an All-Star.

Estrada hit a two-run home run off Turnbow in the ninth inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over the Brewers Friday night.

"Of course, I'd like to be calling myself a two-time All-Star right now, but sometimes it's a popularity contest," said Estrada, an All-Star with Atlanta in 2004. "I enjoyed the days off with my family."

It was a costly victory for the Diamondbacks, who lost shortstop and leadoff man Craig Counsell for 3-to-6 weeks with a broken right rib.

The Diamondbacks worried that the All-Star break might disrupt the momentum they established in a three-game sweep at Colorado last weekend. And for 8 1/2 innings, Arizona played sluggishly and appeared headed for its 15th loss in 17 games at Chase Field.

But that all changed in a heartbeat. After Luis Gonzalez greeted Turnbow with a double off the right field wall, Estrada belted Turnbow's next delivery 392 feet into the seats in right field for his seventh homer of the season.

"I was watching him pitch to Gonzo, and he was blowing up the radar gun, throwing 97, 98 (mph)," Estrada said. "Gonzo leads off with a double, I'm just trying to pull something to the right side to get him to third so we have a chance to tie at least."

Estrada said he had one previous walk-off homer, as a Philadelphia rookie against Florida on Sept. 23, 2001.

It was Turnbow's seventh blown save in 30 chances and cost the Brewers their fourth straight loss.

"It's just brutal," Turnbow (4-5) said. "Tonight was probably the best I've felt in a long time and it still didn't go my way, so I've just got to be better. That's the bottom line. It stinks costing the team wins."

Turnbow threw four pitches. Two were balls. One was hit off the wall and the other into the bleachers.

"It's kind of glaring because it's the first game back after the break, and it happened quick," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

Gonzalez and Estrada both said they were sitting on Turnbow's fastball, which is intimidating but clearly not unhittable.

"He definitely needs to find a way to command his pitches better," Yost said. "He never really got in a position when he could use his breaking ball."

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