Corey Koskie doubled in the go-ahead run off Trevor Hoffman with
two outs in the 10th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat San
Diego 5-4 on Tuesday night to end the fifth-longest winning streak
in Padres history.
San Diego had tied the game at 4 in the sixth on Khalil Greene's
"We were getting on a little bit of a downward slide," Brewers
manager Ned Yost said. "It was important to pull this one out, get
the trend reversed a little bit and get back on the winning side of
"Again, right now it doesn't really matter if they're hot,
cold, indifferent, just to win right now."
Carlos Lee, who homered in the fifth inning, started Milwaukee's
winning rally with a two-out double into the left-field corner.
Koskie followed with the double into the right-field corner off
Hoffman, known for his changeup, fell behind 3-1 against Koskie,
then left a fastball over the plate.
"You have got to make a better pitch," Hoffman said. "I
wanted to throw the heater because I felt I could control that
pitch better than the changeup. But you can't leave a ball out over
the middle of the plate in a game that is on the line right
The Brewers were coming off a sweep in L.A. in which they
dropped a pair of one-run games, then lost the series finale by
"It was a tough game," Lee said. "We had control, then they
came back and tied it. We've kind of lost some tough ones on the
road. We bounced back and held them and got the big run."
Lee hit his 15th, which put him two behind major league leader
Albert Pujols, on a 2-2 pitch with one out. Left fielder Dave
Roberts hurt the back of his neck crashing into the wall making a
futile effort at catching the ball. Roberts stayed on the ground
for several minutes and was checked by the assistant trainer before
staying in the game.
Cirillo homered with two outs, lining a 1-0 pitch to left for
his first of the season. Cirillo started in place of rookie first
baseman Prince Fielder, who sat out due to the groin tightness that
forced him out of Sunday's game at Los Angeles.
Hensley dodged trouble in the first and second innings, when the
Brewers got runners to third with two outs, but he wasn't able to
get out of a jam in the fourth. Koskie hit a leadoff double and
Cirillo walked, and both scored when Damian Miller's sharp double
landed just inside third base and rolled into the left-field
corner, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the first on shortstop J.J. Hardy's
throwing error. Roberts hit a leadoff single and Mike Cameron
walked. Brian Giles grounded to Cirillo, who forced Cameron at
second only to see Hardy's low throw back to first allow Roberts to
Davis threw 127 pitches in seven innings, allowing four runs and
five hits while striking out three and walking three. Hensley
allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings, struck out four
and walked three.
Brewers RHP Ben Sheets (1-3, 6.64 ERA) was to be placed on
the 15-day DL on Wednesday with tendinitis in his right shoulder.
The move will be retroactive to last Wednesday. A corresponding
roster move was to be announced Wednesday. ... RHP Ben Hendrickson
(0-0, 2.79 ERA) will start in Sheets' spot on Thursday against the
Padres. ... Fielder was available to pinch hit and is expected back
in the lineup on Wednesday night.