Sat. Final: Brewers 6, Dodgers 3
By Todd Welter
Next game: Sunday, June 12 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Brewers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as the Crew picked up a much needed win with a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers (55-32) at Miller Park.
This time everything fell right into place. The offense provided plenty of run support thanks to J.J. Hardy going 2-for-3 with a triple, a two-run double, and a run scored. The Brewers bullpen protected the lead late in the game and Trevor Hoffman did not blow a save as the Brewers avoided heartbreak for the third game in a row.
The Brewers offense jumped on Dodgers starter Jeff Weaver from the beginning as the Crew put up two runs in the first. Craig Counsell started the inning with a one-out triple. The Brewers caught a break on Ryan Braun's line drive to Rafael Furcal. Furcal had Counsell trapped running to home but his throw was errant and completely missed catcher Russell Martin which allowed Counsell to score easily. Prince Fielder then drove in Braun with a single.
Fielder went 2-for-3 with a two hits which included eighth-inning double, a walk, and a run.
The Brewers picked up two more runs off Weaver in the fourth inning when Frank Catalanotto hit his first home run of the season. Brewers starter Mike Burns helped his cause by driving in Hardy.
Weaver (5-3) took the loss as he lasted just 3.1-innings. He was gave up four runs--only two were earned--six hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
Burns turned in a solid start in what could be his last start for quite some time due to the likelihood that Dave Bush could be returning to the rotation after the All-Star break. Bush has been on the disabled list since June 24 with some arm troubles but a rehab start on Friday night and looked impressive to get a return to the big leagues soon.
If this was Burns' (2-2) last start, he certainly went out on a winning note as he picked up his second career win. He pitched five innings in which have gave up three runs, six hits, walked none and struck out seven.
He found himself some trouble in the fifth when he gave up a two-out, two-run homer to Furcal and then a solo home run to Andre Either.
Unlike the last two games, the Brewers bullpen held the line. Seth McClung, Todd Coffey and Hoffman combined to retire 11 of the last 13 Dodgers hitters. Hoffman pitched a clean ninth to pick up his 20th save of the year.
Hoffman got a nice cushion to work with thanks to a two-run eighth inning courtesy of Hardy's two-out, two-run double.
The Brewers (45-42) are now two games back of the Cardinals for the NL Central Division lead as St. Louis lost to the Cubs earlier in the day.