MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Rickie Weeks came through in the clutch for the
second straight game.
The Brewers' promising rookie hit a two-run homer in the eighth
inning Saturday night to snap a tie and send Milwaukee to a 5-3
victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Weeks, the Brewers top draft pick in
2003, hit a three-run home run in the seventh with the game tied at
4 and Milwaukee went on to beat Pittsburgh 8-4.
Weeks said he likes pressure situations.
"When pressure situations come up, you have got to have fun,"
he said. "That's what you dream about your whole life. It's coming
true for me right now, but you want to keep it going."
On Saturday, Weeks ruined a sparkling major-league debut for
another 22-year-old: Pittsburgh left-hander Zach Duke, who gave up
three runs on five hits while striking out nine in seven innings.
Weeks followed with a 419-foot drive into the left-field
bleachers and just inside the foul pole.
He gave a curtain call after the third homer of his young
Weeks has hit in 15 of 20 games since being called up on June
10. He is hitting .375 with runners in scoring position.
"That is serious power right there, quick bat," Clark said.
"He has got a ton of potential, and we're seeing that."
Milwaukee's Bill Hall atoned for an error that led to one of the
runs with a two-run home run in the fourth that made it 3-2. Hall's
13th home run was the second hit allowed by Duke.
The Brewers tied it at three in the fifth on an RBI single by
pinch-hitter Trent Durrington.
Brewers starter Victor Santos gave up three runs, two earned, in
five innings. The bullpen took over from there, with four pitchers
combining to keep Pittsburgh off the board.
Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 15th save. Ricky
Bottalico (2-1) pitched a perfect eighth for the win.
The Brewers bullpen has thrown 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless
innings against Pittsburgh this season.
"Our bullpen has been very, very good," Brewers manager Ned
Duke, however, did more than keep Pittsburgh in the game. His
nine strikeouts were the most in a Pirates' debut since Tim
Wakefield struck out 10 on July 13, 1992 against St. Louis.
"I'm trying to take it all in," Duke said. "It's definitely a
big stage out there. It's really fun. It's a new experience and I
like it a lot."
Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon called Duke's performance
"fantastic," despite it ending in Pittsburgh's 15th loss in 19
"The young man has a very bright future," he said.
Brewers left fielder Carlos Lee, the NL's RBI leader who left
Friday night's game early with a knee bruise, started and went
Pirates SS Jack Wilson left the game in the seventh
inning after reserve OF Michael Restovich accidentally struck
Wilson in the forehead with a bat while stretching in the tunnel
near the clubhouse. ... Jenkins' first-inning throwing error was
his third of the season in right field. Last season, as a left
fielder, he had just one error. ... The Brewers drew their
millionth fan in their 38th home game Saturday, equaling the second
quickest the team has hit the million mark in team history. The
team needed just 31 home games in 2001, the first year of Miller
Park, to draw 1 million fans. Milwaukee also topped the 1 million
mark in its 38th home game in 1983 at County Stadium.