MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Lyle Overbay's bunt single was way more
important than his solo 404-foot homer.
It forced Pittsburgh's Mike Gonzalez to pitch to slugger Carlos
Lee, whose two-run double sparked a four-run eighth inning rally
Wednesday that carried Milwaukee past the Pirates 6-2.
"That was a huge bunt," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I
mean, Overbay tied it up with a home run and then came back and
that was a perfect bunt to set the whole thing up."
With the score tied thanks to solo shots by Overbay and Geoff
Jenkins that erased a 2-0 deficit, Brady Clark lined an infield
single off right-handed reliever Rick White's glove to start the
eighth inning and beat White's throw to second base on a comebacker
by Junior Spivey.
Gonzalez came in and Overbay got the bunt sign.
But instead of a sacrifice, the ball dribbled down the
left-field line for a single to load the bases with no outs. And
Lee sent a 2-2 fastball down the left-field line for a two-run
"I told Overbay, `If you bunt the ball, go for a base hit
because if the first base is open, they're going to walk me,' "
"With Jenkins behind me, it's lefty-lefty, there's no way
they're going to let me hit. So, when he was safe at first, I was
like, `Now, they've got to pitch to me," Lee said. "I was very
excited about it. I like to hit with people on base."
One out later, Damian Miller's two-run single off Gonzalez made
Overbay wasn't around in the clubhouse to talk about whether his
bunt single was by design or happenstance: With an off day coming
up, he hustled out of Miller Park, presumably to catch a flight for
a quick trip to his home state of Washington.
Either way, bunting isn't something Overbay is accustomed to
Last year, he swung away all season because he and Jenkins were
the only power threats in a bad lineup. The offseason acquisitions
of Lee and Miller have changed that.
"I don't know if I'd have had Overbay bunt last year," Yost
said. "We didn't have the bats behind him to be able to do that.
Last year we had Overbay and Jenkins and we had to take our shot
with those guys. (This year) the opportunity's there to put runners
in scoring position and have the guys behind them do their job."
The Pirates were lamenting the missed opportunity one batter
before Overbay's perfect bunt, when second base umpire Mike DiMuro
called Clark safe on White's throw to second.
"When I let go of the ball, I thought for sure we had him,"
said White (0-1). "That gives us one out with a guy on first base
and we still got a double play set up."
Jorge De La Rosa (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win,
and Mike Adams pitched the ninth.
Milwaukee, 6-12 against Pittsburgh last year, fell behind 2-0 in
the third when Chris Capuano started the inning by walking Josh
Fogg on five pitches. Fogg came around to score on Jason Bay's
single, and Rob Mackowiak beat the relay on a potential
inning-ending double play groundball, allowing Jack Wilson to score
Pittsburgh's second run.
Capuano, who allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings,
walked Fogg again on five pitches in the fourth but escaped the
inning still trailing 2-0, and Jenkins' homer, his first, cut the
Pirates' lead in half in the bottom of the inning.
Overbay's second homer of the season tied it in the sixth off
Fogg, who was otherwise effective: he allowed just the two earned
runs on five hits in seven innings with two walks and six
"You'd like to put up more runs," Fogg said. "I had a two-run
lead and a one-run lead. I figure I'm a good enough pitcher I can
hold those leads. But it didn't work out for me today."
RHP Mike Jones, the Brewers' top draft pick in 2001, will
have another shoulder operation on Thursday. He had surgery on his
right shoulder on Oct. 7 but experienced pain over the last six
weeks and an MRI on Wednesday showed his rotator cuff hadn't
healed. Team physician Dr. William Raasch, who performed the first
operation, will also perform the second, which is being termed
exploratory. ... The only two walks issued by Capuano were to Fogg.