Milwaukee Becomes Fifth Team to Win 70 as Fielder Hits Number 28
Prince Fielder matched his home run total with the number he wears went he sent his 28th bomb of the year into the right field stands. Fielder has now homered in back-to-back games. Craig Counsell and Mike Cameron then drew back-to-back walks after Corey Hart was thrown out trying to steal second. Jason Kendall then hit a single into center to score Counsell, Cameron and Kendall advanced on the throw home. CC Sabathia then hit an RBI groundout to short to score Cameron and put the Crew ahead 3-0.
San Diego would get on the board in the fourth inning when Nick Hundley grounded into a fielder's choice to short, allowing Chase Headley to score. The Brew Crew answered viciously though. J.J. Hardy drew a one-out walk which preceded a Gabe Kapler infield single; an error on the play allowed Hardy and Kapler to advance another base. Fielder was then intenionally walked for the 14th time this year, which is second in the NL (Pujols, 28). Hart made the Padres pay when he laced a three-run stand up triple into the corner in left to make it 6-1. Counsell capped off the four-run inning when he hit a sac fly to center to score Hart and make it 7-1.
Milwaukee southpaw CC Sabathia didn't give another complete game, but still pitched quite well. He pitched himself out of a bases-loaded nobody out situation in the bottom of the fifth. His final line: Seven innings, nine hits, one run (earned), one walk and eight K's. Sabathia now improves to 7-0 with the Brewers, 13-8 overall.
Milwaukee now becomes the fifth team this season in all of baseball to win 70 games as they are now tied with the Boston Red Sox for the fourth-best record in the MLB at 70-51.
Even with the win, the Brewers dropped to three and a half games behind of Chicago in the NL Central as the Cubs swept a day-night doubleheader in Atlanta. Brew City does retain their four game lead in the NL Wild Card race as St. Louis defeated Florida, 6-4.
The Brewers will look to sweep their second straight series Thursday afternoon. Ben Sheets (11-5, 2.95 ERA) will take the mound as San Diego will give Jake Peavy (8-8, 2.68 ERA) the nod.
Note: Milwaukee third baseman Russell Branyan was placed on the DL Wednesday with an oblique strain. Layne Nix was called up from AAA-Nashville to take Branyan's spot for the time being. Ryan Braun also missed his fourth straight game. Braun did say he was feeling better Wednesday, but I wouldn't look for him until Saturday just as a precaution.
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