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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Umps Blow It In Brewers' 3-5 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Milwaukee manager Ned Yost and first baseman Jeff Cirillo were ejected in the first inning as the Brewers lost their season-high seventh straight road game.

Prince Fielder replaced Cirillo and snapped out of an 0-for-17 slump with an RBI single off Pettitte and a two-out solo homer in the eighth off Dan Wheeler. The Astros' set-up man hadn't allowed a run since June 24, a span of 20 appearances and 17 1/3 innings.

But Wheeler struck out Bill Hall to end the inning and Lidge shut out Milwaukee in the ninth, earning his 100th career save and his 28th in 33 appearances this season.

"It definitely feels great," Lidge said of his milestone. "I know it's early in my career, but when you do it in a win, it's obviously the best feeling there is."

The Brewers, meanwhile, haven't won a road game since Aug. 18 and this bad night away from home started when Brady Clark grounded out leading off the game and got into a shouting match with first-base umpire Tim Timmons. Clark was clearly out, but the two had a heated exchange as first-base coach Dave Nelson held Clark back and Yost ran out of the dugout to argue.

After Tony Graffanino's fly out, Cirillo grounded to Biggio, the second baseman, and Timmons called Cirillo out on a close play. Cirillo slammed his helmet down and yelled at Timmons as Yost sprinted out again. Timmons ejected both of them.

Timmons refused to comment after the game, but Cirillo had plenty to say.

"I didn't know what was going on with Brady and them," he said. "And then when Brady grounded out, he (Timmons) stared at him and punched him out aggressively.

"On my play, I would hate to think that he would sacrifice his job performance on a personal issue," Cirillo said. "I mean, I give everyone the benefit of the doubt unless it's something that was totally blatant."


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