Rockies brutal again against Beermakers
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers played small ball in a big way Wednesday.Playing for one run in the first, they ended up with five. Gary Glover bounced back from the worst outing of his career as the Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with an 11-1 rout paced by Bill Hall’s four RBIs.Coming off a 7-1 loss at Minnesota on Friday night in which he lasted just 1 1-3 innings, Glover (3-3) won for the first time since April 29 against Cincinnati. He gave up an unearned run and three hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one.But it still might not be enough to keep him from going to the bullpen. Ace Ben Sheets is preparing to return to the rotation after more than a month on the DL with a viral infection, and Wes Obermueller has pitched so well in his place that Glover might just be the odd man out.”With the way I’ve pitched, I’m not going to lie, yeah, it entered my mind to pitch good to give them a reason to keep me here,” Glover said. “I love being here.”The Brewers won’t make a decision until this weekend. Sheets is expected to face Houston on Saturday after experiencing no disorientation while throwing in the bullpen before Wednesday’s game.”I’m ready,” Sheets said. “I told them I was ready two weeks ago and then I turned and walked into a wall.”Colorado right-hander Jamey Wright (2-5), who pitched for the Brewers from 2000-02, should have felt right at home at Miller Park, where his 29 starts and 10 wins rank second behind Sheets. But he was tagged for eight earned runs and eight hits in three-plus innings, including five runs and five extra-base hits in the first inning alone.Brady Clark led off with a double and after moving to third on Jeff Cirillo’s sacrifice bunt, scored on Geoff Jenkins’ groundout.”That was baseball at its best,” Clark said. “That’s execution.”And that was just the beginning of a long day for the Rockies, who lost for the 29th time in their last 33 road games dating to last season.Carlos Lee followed with his 11th homer, and Lyle Overbay, Hall and J.J. Hardy all doubled before Chad Moeller’s RBI single capped the big inning, in which Wright threw 33 pitches.”Everybody had a great day,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “You know it started out, Brady gets the double and then you play fundamental baseball. Cirillo bunts him over and you’re playing for one run there and the next thing you know you get five.”It just shows you when you play the game right, good things happen.”Colorado scored its run in the fourth when Aaron Miles got plunked, took second on a wild pitch and came across when Overbay booted Brad Hawpe’s groundball at first. But Hawpe made the third out when he couldn’t avoid Matt Holliday’s line drive on his way to second base moments later.Milwaukee scored three runs in its half, including RBI singles by Cirillo and Lee. Cirillo’s hit scored Clark, who was hit by a pitch, stole second and took third on catcher Todd Greene’s throwing error.Hall made it 11-1 in the sixth with a three-run homer off Blaine Neal. Needing a triple for the cycle, he struck out in the eighth.Hall and Cirillo replaced infielders Junior Spivey and Russell Branyan, respectively, in the lineup more than a week ago and have proven a boon both offensively and defensively.”As much as you’re trying to find ways to keep them in, you’re trying to find ways to get the other guys going, too,” Yost said. “It’s a fine line that you walk: You’ve got to keep the guys that are going going, but you’ve got to get the guys that aren’t going going, too.”Nothing is going right for the Rockies, who were swept on the road for the fifth time.”I don’t think we can go any further down than where we’re at as a team,” said Colorado bench coach Jamie Quirk. “We have hit rock bottom. Sometimes you have to do that before you can climb out.”Notes: Hall’s four RBIs tied a career best. Lee’s two RBIs gave him 29 in May, breaking the club mark of 27 set by Richie Sexson in 2002. Lee is one homer shy of the club mark of nine for the month set by john Briggs in 1974. … The Rockies haven’t won any of their eight road series so far. … Rockies RHP Chin-hui Tsao was scheduled for shoulder surgery Wednesday in Denver.
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