MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Prince Fielder will take this kind of pummeling
"We just couldn't wait for him to get to home plate so we could
beat him up," said fellow rookie J.J. Hardy, who helped the
Brewers celebrate their first game-ending hit of the season with a
pounding of Fielder.
Hardy hit a two-run homer earlier in the game, as did Rickie
Weeks, another of the "Baby Brewers" who are being counted upon
to reverse the club's losing legacy.
"That shows you why we feel good about where we're going,"
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.
This is just the start, Fielder suggested.
"Hopefully we'll be able to do that for at least 10 more
years,'"' Fielder said after the trio of rookies provided all the
pop at the plate.
Weeks delivered the biggest pouncing after the burly Fielder
crossed home plate following a soak-it-all-in trot around the
bases. He slapped his good friend and minor league roommate on the
helmet several times in jubilation.
"Rickie was going for the knockout," Fielder said. "I'm a
little dizzy. I didn't expect it that hard."
Mesa (2-8) walked pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay on four pitches,
then grooved an 0-1 splitter that Fielder sent to second-deck porch
in right field, 400 feet away.
Fielder had struck out in his only other at-bat against Mesa
earlier this year.
Fielder's second big league home run stopped a three-game losing
streak for the Brewers and made a winner of Derrick Turnbow (5-1),
who struck out the side in the top of the ninth. It also denied
Mark Redman the win, which would have ended a 12-game road winless
Yost hasn't used Fielder much since his second call-up from the
minor leagues, sending him up to pinch-hit just four times in the
last two weeks. But he didn't hesitate in the ninth.
"This is exactly why he's here," Yost said. "He can fill that
role. And the reason we don't use him (more) is we're just not
going to throw him out there. We're saving him for situations like
Ty Wigginton had set up Redman for his skid-stopping win with a
three-run homer off Tomo Ohka in the sixth, his sixth this season
but first since May 28. That erased a 4-2 deficit.
Since winning at Miller Park on April 12, Redman is 0-7 on the
road. He wasn't on top of his game this time, either, allowing four
earned runs and 10 hits in five innings -- but neither was Ohka, who
allowed five earned runs on nine hits in six innings. Both
surrendered two home runs.
The Brewers collected seven hits off Redman in the first two
innings and might have scored more than four runs had Weeks taken a
better turn around third base before getting thrown out at the
plate by center fielder Rob Mackowiak on a two-out single by Carlos
Lee. Lee was picked off second base in the fifth.
Weeks stopped an 0-for-19 skid with his 12th homer, a two-run
shot, in the first, and Hardy's fourth homer an inning later made
it 4-1. Jason Bay's 25th homer made it 4-2 in the third.
Craig Wilson singled leading off the sixth and Ohka walked
Daryle Ward. One out later, Wigginton sent Ohka's pitch 355 feet to
left, just over the wall, for a three-run shot, setting up Redman
for the win despite his shaky start.
"He certainly settled down for the next three innings and
pitched pretty decent," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We
got the lead and the bullpen did a nice job for three innings."
Brewers RF Geoff Jenkins missed his third straight game
with a sore lower back. ... Brewers IF Jeff Cirillo (broken finger)
returned from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on
Monday and will be activated when the rosters expand.