MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Any other day, Atlanta Braves starter Tim
Hudson said it would have been a groundout to the shortstop.
But the Braves were using an infield shift on Prince Fielder,
who it where the Braves weren't.
Fielder's ball went through a gaping hole on the left side of
the infield, driving in the go-ahead run and lifting the Milwaukee
Brewers to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.
"That shows the kind of hitter he is," Brewers manager Ned
Fielder saw similar shifts in the minor leagues.
"His pitches were going away, so I was just trying to go with
it," Fielder said.
Braves manager Bobby Cox didn't second-guess his strategy just
because what he called a "little dribbler" got through.
"I don't know if he was trying to do it or not," Cox said.
"You can't be everywhere."
Milwaukee trailed 2-1 going into the sixth, but scored two runs
with two outs to take the lead.
Carlos Lee singled sharply to center field, scoring Gross to tie
the game. Lee stole second with Fielder batting.
Yost said he gives Lee an automatic green light to steal because
he knows he can count on Lee not to make a bad move.
"He's smart," Yost said. "He knows when to pick his spots."
Atlanta is using an infield shift on the left-handed Fielder,
moving its shortstop to the right side of second base. But Fielder
chopped a 2-1 pitch through a gaping hole into left-center field,
scoring Lee for a 3-2 lead.
Chipper Jones, who came off the disabled list Tuesday after
missing 13 games with a sprained right knee and ankle, hit a
two-run homer that put the Braves ahead 2-0 in the fourth.
"It's good to get us out to a lead," Jones said.
"Unfortunately, that was pretty much it. It feels good to get back
Jones, who hit into a double play in his first at-bat, added a
single in the sixth.
Brewers starter Tomo Ohka (2-1) gave up two runs and seven hits
in seven innings. Yost congratulated the pitcher after the game,
encouraging him to become more consistent.
The message didn't quite get through.
"I said, 'OK, now let's try to put two together," Yost said.
"Yeah, 2:14," apparently referring to the time of the game.
"I don't think he quite understood me," Yost said.
Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as
"He's awful tough," Cox said. "He can make you look awfully
Hudson (1-2) gave up only one hit in the first three innings
before Jenkins hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot
in the fourth inning that cut the Braves' lead to 2-1. It was the
second home run Hudson allowed in five starts this year.
Damian Miller's RBI single in the seventh put the Brewers ahead
Struggling second baseman Rickie Weeks, who had two errors for
Milwaukee on Monday night, tried to backhand a grounder by Jeff
Francoeur and lost the ball in the seventh inning, but the play was
ruled a base hit. Brewers manager Ned Yost said before the game
that he will continue to take a patient approach with Weeks, who is
considered one of the team's rising young stars.
To make room on the roster for Jones, the Braves optioned
infielder Martin Prado to Double-A Mississippi. Prado tripled for
his first major-league hit on Sunday against Washington. ... With
center fielder Brady Clark mired in a 1-for-14 slump, Yost started
Gross on Tuesday. But Yost said the team was committed to Clark in
the long run. "You don't give up on a guy three weeks into a
season just because he's struggling," Yost said. ... Tuesday's
attendance was 16,276.