MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers are more confident than
they've been in a while and having more early success than they've
had in almost 20 years.
Carlos Lee knocked in J.J. Hardy with an RBI single in the ninth
to give the Brewers a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on
Saturday. Milwaukee is now 5-0 for the first time since 1987 and
just the third time in franchise history.
"Were expecting to win every time we go out there," said
Hardy, who had three hits. "It's a much different feeling than
last year when we didn't expect to win all the time."
With one out in the ninth, Hardy doubled down the left-field
line off of Diamondback reliever Luis Vizcaino (0-1). Geoff Jenkins
was walked intentionally to put runners at first and second. On a
1-2 pitch, Lee lined a single to center and Hardy beat Eric Byrnes'
throw to the plate.
"I've got two strikes on me and I'm just trying to put the ball
in play," said Lee, who is hitting .467 this season. "I've been
having some pretty good success so far this season and today it
really paid off."
Vizcaino said the pitch to Lee was a fastball that was supposed
to be outside, but caught too much of the plate.
"He is hitting the ball good," Vizcaino said.
All five of the Brewers' wins this season have been by two runs
or less, and they have come from behind in each one. They were down
3-0 against Arizona before coming back.
"If you want to be playing in October, you have to win the
close ones," Lee said. "We ain't going to win them all. But if we
keep playing the way we're playing, we're going to win a lot of
Brewers manager Ned Yost was pleased that Arizona manager Bob
Melvin decided to walk Jenkins and pitch to Lee.
"I don't think there is a guy I would more want to see up there
in that situation than Carlos because he has been swinging the bat
so well," Yost said.
Milwaukee's increased confidence is apparent even to its
"What are they, 5-0?" Arizona's Luis Gonzalez said. "You have
got a team like that, and they start believing in themselves. They
keep coming back. They keep fighting. That's a Ned Yost-type
The other key for Milwaukee was its bullpen. After starter Doug
Davis struggled through five innings, giving up four runs, four
relievers pitched four scoreless innings, giving us just two
Dan Kolb (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get the win.
"The bullpen was top-notch today," Yost said. "The bullpen
really held us right there until we could battle back and score
Brandon Webb started for the Diamondbacks and pitched six
innings, giving up four runs and nine hits.
Damion Easley's two-out, two-run single in the first inning
after Arizona loaded the bases gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead.
Gonzalez's second home run of the year gave the Diamondbacks a
3-0 lead in the third. Gonzalez's home run landed in the right
center-field concourse, almost hitting one of the Brewers' racing
The Brewers cut the lead to 3-1 on Lee's broken bat double down
the right field line. Hardy, who had singled, scored on the play.
Prince Fielder, the Brewers' highly touted first baseman and son of
former major leaguer Cecil Fielder, hit his first home run of the
year in the fourth inning to trim the lead to 3-2.
The Brewers tied the game at 4 in the sixth inning on Gabe
Gross' pinch-hit, two-run single. It was Gross' second pinch hit of
the season as he hit a two-run home run Tuesday against
Brewers RHP Ben Sheets will make his second rehabilitation
start with Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday against Iowa. In his first
rehab start on April 6, Sheets pitched 2 2-3 innings for the
Brewers' Double-A Huntsville. He gave up four hits and two runs.
... Fielder had three hits in the game, the first time he has
accomplished that in his career. Coming into the game, he had two
hits in the first four games of the season.