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Friday, August 18, 2006

Brewes Walk It Off Against Astros In 3-2 Win

From Sportsline.com:

Prince Fielder resisted the temptation to go for the home run and still came through with the decisive hit.

The rookie singled home the winning run in the ninth inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the Houston Astros 3-2 Friday night.

"It's natural to want to try to hit a home run or try to do too much to get the job done," said Fielder, who was 0-for-3 with a walk before getting the big hit. "I was just trying to relax up there and trying to just let my natural ability take it over."

Brad Lidge (0-4) hit Mike Rivera with a pitch to start the Brewers' ninth. Jeff Cirillo then bunted right back to Lidge, but the ball scooted under the reliever's glove. Cirillo reached on the fielding error and Rivera took second. Corey Hart's fielder's choice forced Rivera at third and Cirillo moved up.

Lidge struck out Tony Graffanino and manager Phil Garner brought in Dan Wheeler to face Fielder, who hit the first pitch into right to score Cirillo.

"We're in a bind there," Garner said of his decision to go with Wheeler and not stay with Lidge. "He's had trouble with left-handers. I felt the best shot was to go with Wheeler and not give Prince too good of a pitch to hit."

Wheeler said the idea was to see if Fielder would chase a bad pitch.

"They told me it was low," Wheeler said of the location of the ball Fielder hit. "When it comes down to it, it wasn't low enough."

Francisco Cordero (1-0) got pinch-hitter Chris Burke to ground into an inning-ending double play in the ninth to get his first National League win. Cordero was acquired from Texas along with outfielder Kevin Mench on July 28 in the deal that sent Carlos Lee and Nelson Cruz to the Rangers.

Milwaukee's Brian Shouse walked Lance Berkman and Luke Scott in the ninth then struck out Aubrey Huff before Cordero entered.

"That's why they brought me here," Cordero said. "I come to the park every day ready to pitch."

Milwaukee starter Tomo Ohka gave up two runs in the second but settled down after that, holding the Astros to one hit before being lifted for pinch-hitter Geoff Jenkins with one out in the seventh.

Ohka, who missed 2½ months with a torn rotator cuff and was reinstated from the DL on July 18, allowed one earned run and four hits with a walk to lower his ERA from 5.45 to 4.73.


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