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Brewers Keep Cool in Comeback Victory

Johnathan Lucroy's grand slam in the top of the 7th inning turned a 4-3 deficit into a 7-4 lead as Milwaukee beat Arizona 7-5 Tuesday night at Chase Field.  Lucroy didn't waste anytime as he took D-Backs reliever Brad Ziegler's first pitch over the center field wall.  The Brewers took advantage of a confusing move by D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson, as it appeared Gibson had reliever Evan Marshall intentionally hit Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun.  With nobody out and runners on 1st and 2nd, Marshall's first pitch to Braun ended up going behind the Milwaukee slugger, then the very next pitch drilled Braun in the back.  Marshall was ejected and as he made his way to the Arizona dugout a fist pump between he and manager Gibson was clearly visible.  Gibson has made his displeasure with Ryan Braun's failed drug test during the Brewers victorious 2011 Division series, well known.  That coupled with Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse's two hit batters and a pitch near the head of D-Backs starter Mike Bolsinger provided plenty of fuel for Tuesday's game and perhaps the rest of the series.  After a rocky start Lohse settled down to go six strong innings giving up four runs three of which were earned while walking and striking out three to pick up his 8th victory of the season.  Francisco Rodriquez ran into some trouble in the bottom of the 9th as he gave up a lead off home run to Arizona right fielder Roger Kieschnick then singles to Cody Ross and Gerardo Para.  Rodriguez however worked his way out of it by striking out Paul Goldschmidt and getting Miquel Montero to bounce out to first as K-Rod picked up his 22nd save of the year.  Miwaukee and Arizona wrap-up the three game series tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 8:40 p.m.

posted : June, 18th by WSCO


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