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GAME REPORT &t
INSIDE PITCH

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Brewers right-hander Dave Bush took a no-hitter into the eighth inning for the third time in his career and was foiled once again. Bush never let the Phillies get anything going, however, surrendering only two hits and one run over 7 2/3 innings, with three walks and four strikeouts

TURNING POINT

Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs prevented Bush's date with destiny with a one-out home run in the eighth that struck the right-field foul pole. As a side note, Bush and Stairs are the only two active major-league players who live in Maine during the offseason.

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE

* Phillies starter Cole Hamels entered the game with an 11.17 earned run average but was on top of his game with six strikeouts in the first three innings. His day ended suddenly, and frighteningly, in the fourth inning when Prince Fielder smacked a liner off Hamel's pitching shoulder. He escaped with just a bruise and is expected to be OK.

* Corey Hart appeared to have second base stolen in the first inning ahead of catcher Chris Coste's throw, but Hart did not maintain contact with the bag and was called out by umpire Joe West.

* Brewers left-hander Mitch Stetter recorded the last out in the eighth inning, then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, without allowing a ball out of the infield.

CLUBHOUSE CONFIDENTIAL

Even manager Ken Macha had to chuckle about shortstop J.J. Hardy getting two hits, including a home run, after being moved from the fifth spot to the sixth spot in the lineup Wednesday. Hardy was batting .125 as the No. 5 hitter. quot;You explain to me why I've got J.J. hitting fifth and he's doing nothing, then I drop him down to sixth and he gets two hits with a home run,quot; Macha said. quot;That's hard to explain.quot;

STATITUDES

* Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun continued his offensive spree on the trip by socking a two-run homer and single and walking twice. Braun has 11 hits in 22 at-bats (.500) through the first six games of the trip with four home runs and nine RBI.

* Brewers starting pitchers have turned in quality starts (at least six innings, no more than three earned runs) in seven of the last eight games. Over that stretch, they have allowed 17 earned runs in 47 2/3 innings (3.21 ERA).

RECORD

THIS YEAR: 6-9

LAST YEAR: 9-6

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

ROAD: 4-5

ON DECK

TEAMS: Brewers at Houston Astros (6-10).

WHEN: 7:05 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Minute Maid Park, Houston.

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

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Milwaukee RHP Yovani Gallardo (1-1, 4.58 earned run average) vs. Houston RHP Felipe Paulino (0-0, 0.00). Gallardo is coming off a strong start in which he pitched six shutout innings in New York. He has not allowed a run to Houston in 15 innings, going 2-0 in two starts. Paulino will be making his second start for the Astros after tossing six shutout innings against Cincinnati.

Tom Haudricourt

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Added: April 24, 2009

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