MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee manager Ned Yost barely had time to
second-guess himself when the Brewers' lumbering lineup chased
Florida ace Josh Beckett with a big rally.
After Corey Hart grounded into a double play in the first
inning, Yost wondered whether he had erred in not flashing the bunt
sign to try to scratch across a run for what he anticipated would
be a pitchers' duel.
His doubts were erased when the Brewers scored six runs off
Beckett in the fourth inning on their way to an 11-2 rout of the
Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.
"Against a staff like that, it's probably about the farthest
thing from your mind," Yost said of the blowout. "You really hope
that your pitcher can hold you close and you can win a tight
Capuano, the first Brewers pitcher to win 14 games since Cal
Eldred in 1997, changed speeds and mixed his pitches to perfection
-- in stark contrast to Beckett, whose curveball and changeup
betrayed him, rendering his fastball equally ineffective.
Beckett (12-7) didn't make it out of the fourth, allowing seven
runs, six of them earned, and eight hits in just 3 1-3 innings. He
also allowed Carlos Lee's 28th homer leading off the second, Lee's
first shot since Aug. 3.
"I said, 'I can't throw my curveball for a strike, so I'm going
to stop throwing it," Beckett said. "Well, then my changeup was
sub-par at best. ... So, now I'm dropping to one pitch. And they're
standing out there pretty much waiting to get what I got because
this is the big leagues.
"This is not the Little League World Series, which I think
probably is where I should have been pitching today."
Geoff Jenkins' RBI single broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth and Bill
Hall, inserted into the lineup at third base after Russell Branyan
developed a stiff back following batting practice, doubled home two
more runs. He then stole third and scored on catcher Paul Lo Duca's
throwing error for a 5-1 lead.
Rickie Weeks' run-scoring single chased Beckett and brought on
Randy Messenger. His first batter was Hart, who nearly grounded
into his third double play in the first four innings. He hit a
chopper to first baseman Delgado, whose throw to second hit a
sliding Weeks and bounded into left field, allowing J.J. Hardy to
score from second to make it 7-1.
Hall did his work on a full stomach. Yost told him a half hour
before the game that he wasn't going to get a day off, after all.
"I was on my second piece of pizza. I had already eaten about
20 little small mini-tacos and a bowl of fruit," Hall said.
Hardy's two-run single in the seventh off Messenger made it 9-1.
Ron Villone relieved Messenger and gave up RBI singles to Weeks and
Hart as the Brewers batted around for the second time.
Capuano was perfect through three innings before allowing three
singles to open the fourth, including Juan Pierre's bunt back to
the mound for Florida's first hit. Pierre scored on Miguel
Cabrera's single to tied it at 1.
Jeff Conine said the Marlins, who were coming off a 9-4
homestand against the NL West that put them in the thick of the
wild-card race, would have to have quickly forget this poor start
to their trip.
"You have to, especially at this point in the season when you
have so much at stake," he said. "It's just a bad game, come back
tomorrow and win. You have to."
Brewers C Chad Moeller has a "daughter to be named
later." His wife, Nicole, gave birth to the couple's second child
on Monday, before they had settled on a name. ... Milwaukee CF
Brady Clark (bruised ribs) took batting practice Tuesday for the
first time since going on the DL Aug. 11. ... The Brewers are one
of three teams (Arizona, Cincinnati) Beckett has failed to beat in
his career. Beckett is 0-3 against the NL Central this season,
having allowed 17 earned in 16 2-3 innings for a 9.18 ERA.