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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Brewers Can't Come Back in 3-4 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Tony La Russa was in the dugout cursing the baseball gods when Prince Fielder hit a ball off the end of his bat with the bases loaded that appeared certain to fall.

The St. Louis Cardinals led by a run in the sixth inning, and their manager dreaded more adversity for a team trying to end its second eight-game losing streak of the season. Somehow center fielder Jim Edmonds swooped in, gloving the ball just before it hit the grass, saving a lead and helping the team end the slide with a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

"That play Jim Edmonds made is as good of a play as he's made since he's been here," La Russa said. "That ball falls, they've got the lead. The ball gets by him, they've got the lead maybe by two.

"I still don't know how he got there."

Scott Rolen's RBI double in the first gave the Cardinals their first lead in six games and Albert Pujols' 34th home run, his first homer since July 25, was a two-run shot in the third. Ronnie Belliard added an RBI single in the third for a 4-0 lead, and the bullpen worked four scoreless innings with Jason Isringhausen getting the last three outs for his 29th save.

When shortstop David Eckstein squeezed Kevin Mench's popup to end the game, the relieved home crowd gave the Cardinals a standing ovation. For the first time in a long while, loud music blared in the clubhouse.

Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets left after one inning because of tightness in a pectoral muscle. Sheets (2-4) has been limited to seven starts this season due to injuries and said he wasn't hurt on a particular pitch.

Sheets said the feeling reminded him of cramping that led to a torn back muscle that ended his season last August.

"It wasn't too bad throwing as much as in between pitches it felt like a cramp in there," Sheets said. "It kind of became eerily similar to last year's cramp that I tried to go through and we all know the rest of that story."

Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer for the Brewers, his 10th of the year and first since July 16. Jenkins entered the game in a 3-for-30 slump.


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