October 3, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - The biggest momentum swing for the Milwaukee Brewers involved no swing at all. Jonathan Lucroy - "Mr. Squeeze" to his teammates - drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt and the Brewers broke away from the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-4, yesterday to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five National League Division Series. "It's a free RBI if you execute and I really work hard to get that down," Lucroy said. "A safety squeeze, all you've got to do is get it down to the right area.
October 3, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - Jonathan Lucroy drove in the go-ahead run with a squeeze, and the Milwaukee Brewers showed they could bunt as well as bash, breaking away from the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-4, Sunday to take a two-games-to-none lead in their NL division series. Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer, and fellow slugger Prince Fielder added an RBI single for Milwaukee. But the brawny Brewers, especially Lucroy, also excel at the little things. Lucroy's safety squeeze keyed a five-run sixth inning and came right after Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler became angry about a balk call.
October 2, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - Yovani Gallardo could barely see the return tosses from catcher Jonathan Lucroy, losing them in the bright light filtering through the windows at Miller Park. Imagine how the Diamondbacks felt. Gallardo emerged from the shadows, outpitching Arizona ace Ian Kennedy as the Milwaukee Brewers kept winning at home with a 4-1 victory in their NL division series opener on Saturday. "It was tough for me seeing the ball coming back, just having the sun there in the background.
September 12, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - It was a scene that had not happened since the second month of the season: Vance Worley, surrounded by reporters, talking about a loss. The Phillies entered yesterday having won 14 straight games started by the rookie righthander. A 3-2 loss to the Brewers prevented Worley from tying the franchise record set by Steve Carlton in 1972. "I guess he was just that much better than me," Worley said with a rueful grin. Worley, of course, has a long way to go before he matches the overall accomplishments of a Hall of Fame lefty like Carlton.
August 16, 2011 |
FREDDIE FREEMAN knew Brian Wilson had to throw a strike. He correctly guessed it would come with heat. Freeman capped a three-run, ninth-inning rally against San Francisco's star closer with a two-run, bases-loaded single to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the visiting Giants last night. "I knew I was going to get a pitch to hit," Freeman said. "He's got to throw a strike or walk in the tying run . . . I got a pitch to hit and got it up the middle. " Wilson (6-4)
July 23, 2011 |
Dan Uggla was a last resort for the Atlanta Braves. He ended up having the game's biggest hit. Uggla's first career pinch-hit home run lifted the Braves to a 6-4 win over the host Cincinnati Reds last night. Uggla, who missed the last two starts with a strained left calf, batted with two outs in the ninth inning for reliever Jonny Venters (5-1) with Alex Gonzalez on second base. He lofted a 3-2 pitch from Nick Masset (1-4) 402 feet into the right-centerfield seats for the go-ahead runs.
May 14, 2011 |
Omar Infante used a clever slide to score on Greg Dobbs' double in the 11th inning, lifting the Florida Marlins to a 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals last night. On a night of spectacular plays, Infante made the most important one. With one out, Infante singled off Brian Broderick (0-1), then came all the way around on Dobbs' drive to right. The ball beat Infante to home plate and Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was in position to make a tag, but Infante slid head first and reached over and around Ramos to touch the back tip of the plate for the go-ahead run. The Marlins, who have won seven straight in Washington, could have gone ahead in the fifth but Roger Bernadina made a sensational catch to keep it tied.
May 11, 2011 |
Jason Marquis picked up a milestone victory last night against a familiar team. Laynce Nix and Jayson Werth hit three-run homers for Washington to send Marquis to his 100th career win, though the visiting Nationals had to hold on at the end for the 7-6 triumph after Atlanta nearly wiped out a big lead. Trailing 7-1, the Braves scored five times in the eighth off Marquis and two relievers. Pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad hit one to the wall in the ninth that was hauled in just a few feet short of a tying homer.
September 3, 2010 |
No one would have blamed Cole Hamels for skipping the 24-hour trip to Denver on Thursday. The pitcher was starting Friday's game, so he could have flown home ahead of the Phillies for a good night's sleep. A few days ago, Hamels laughed at the idea. He has an 11-month son, Caleb, who makes quiet nights a rare occurrence. "I know how to function without sleep," Hamels joked. So here he was, about 17 hours after walking off the plane, nearing the end of his night in the seventh inning of the Phillies' 1-0 win over Milwaukee.
June 26, 2010 |
Edwin Jackson was so wild early, there was no reason to think he would even finish the game, forget throw the fourth no-hitter of the season. This being the Year of the Pitcher, though, anything was possible. Jackson made it happen, all right, throwing a whopping 149 pitches - the most in the majors in 5 years - leading the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1-0 victory last night over his former team, the Tampa Bay Rays. "It's one of those moments where you're just caught up in the moment.