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GAME REPORT &t 2009-04-26


GAME REPORT &t 2009-04-26
INSIDE PITCH

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Prince Fielder went 3 for 5 and socked two home runs, including what would have been the winner in the top of the ninth inning, had the Brewers' bullpen not allowed the game to enter extra innings.

TURNING POINT

Corey Hart led off the 11th inning with a double, and Ryan Braun's single to center scored him for the winning run.

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE

* Mike Cameron hit a deep fly ball to center field that would have been a home run in most stadiums. But Minute Maid Park's deep dimensions in center allowed Michael Bourn to venture up the hill and make a running catch against the wall.

* In the top of the third inning, Braun hit a liner to the right side with Hart running on the pitch. The ball hit Hart in the foot for the third out, but Braun, who slammed his helmet to the ground in frustration, was still credited with a single.

CLUBHOUSE CONFIDENTIAL

During Friday's game when Cameron collided with Houston catcher Humberto Quintero, who held on to the ball, manager Ken Macha was reminded of a monster collision he witnessed in 1977 while with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In a game also against the Astros, 6-foot-5, 230-pound Dave Parker blindsided another Houston catcher who was waiting for the ball to come in from right field. quot;That was like a freight train,quot; Macha said. quot;That guy, he did not hang on to that ball.quot;

STATITUDES

* Yovani Gallardo's complete game at 23 years 56 days old Friday night made him the youngest Brewer to throw one since Ben Sheets did it at 22 years 315 days on May 29, 2001, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

* In the last four games, the Brewers' starters pitched a combined 28 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs. The starters were 3-0 in those games.

RECORD

THIS YEAR: 8-9

LAST YEAR: 11-6

HOME: 2-4 (0-0 roof open; 2-4 roof closed)

ROAD: 6-5

ON DECK

TEAMS: Brewers vs. Astros (6-12).

WHEN: 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Minute Maid Park, Houston.

BROADCASTS: TV - FS Wisconsin. Radio - AM-620.

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Milwaukee LHP Manny Parra (0-3, 8.16 ERA) vs. Houston RHP Russ Ortiz (1-0, 5.93). Parra has struggled this season but was decent against Houston last season, going 3-2 with a 5.47 ERA in five starts. Ortiz is 4-3 against the Brewers and has held them to a .207 average, although he hasn't faced them since 2006.

Anthony Witrado

IN THE MINORS

NASHVILLE (AAA): Shortstop Alcides Escobar singled home the tie-breaking run in the seventh in a 6-3 triumph over Iowa.

HUNTSVILLE (AA): Right-hander Robert Hinton induced a grounder with runners on second and third to preserve a 5-4 victory over Chattanooga.

BREVARD COUNTY (A): Starter Amaury Rivas struck out five in five innings in a 3-0 victory over Dunedin. Rightfielder Caleb Gindl went 2 for 4 with his 14th RBI in 15 games.

WISCONSIN (A): Second baseman Brett Lawrie hit a three-run shot in the eighth, but Kris Dabrowiecki allowed three runs over the final 1 1/3 innings of a 9-8 loss to Quad Cities.

CLUTCH WORK

In the last two seasons, the Brewers earned a reputation for not hitting with runners in scoring position. But Friday's 6-for-6 performance set a franchise record for the most at-bats with men in scoring position without making an out. Here are the three-best performances in franchise history:

Date Team RISP

Friday at Houston 6-6

Aug. 17, 1983 vs. Boston 4-4

May 31, 1970 vs. Detroit 4-4

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Added: April 26, 2009

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