Brewers Manager Ken Macha made some gutsy calls with his bullpen this afternoon on getaway day at Citi Field in New York.
Todd Coffey, by far the Brewers best bullpen pitcher so far this season, came in with one out in the seventh inning with the bases loaded. He got Carlos Delgado to roll it back to him for the 1-2-3 double-play to end the inning.
The Brewers broadcast team speculated that Coffey might leave the game after that, but he came back for the bottom of the eighth and found himself in another jam with runners on first and second and only one out.
A sharp liner to Bill Hall and a tag on Carlos Beltran between second and third ended that threat with Milwaukee lucky to escape with a one-run lead intact.
In the top of the ninth inning, Jason Kendall got on base in front of the pitcher's spot in the order, and surely a pinch hitter was coming to the plate, right? Wrong. Coffey, who hadn't had a plate appearance since 2005, was called on to bunt Kendall over. Which he laid down perfectly.
Rickie Weeks singled to left to drive in the all-important insurance run. Coffey came back out for the bottom of the ninth to complete the 2.2-inning save. If I had it my way, I'd put three saves down for Coffey in this game—one in each inning he appeared in. He was that good.
At the plate, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks both had good days, each with an RBI. Mike Cameron also hit his fourth home run of the season, driving one over the 18-foot fence in the left-center field alley.
Jeff Suppan, Milwaukee's starting pitcher, also redeemed himself somewhat for terrible outings his last two times on the mound. He allowed only two runs and the majority of his outs were on ground balls, which is exactly the kind of pitcher Suppan is.