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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-05-04

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-05-04
Without left fielder Ryan Braun (back stiffness) in the lineup Sunday, manager Ken Macha had some maneuvering to do. He opted on a batting order in which right fielder Corey Hart led off, shortstop J.J. Hardy -- playing again after a two-day mental break -- batted second and second baseman Rickie Weeks third.

It was only the second big-league start for Weeks in the three-hole. The other came on Aug. 31, 2005 against Pittsburgh, when he responded with a two-run homer.

"This guy is swinging the bat as good as anybody right now," Macha said of Weeks. "He's been driving the ball, hitting liners everywhere.

"Corey's on-base is a lot higher than Rickie's is. I like Rickie's at-bats. We'll take advantage of his power."

Macha said Weeks will become an even better hitter when he starts going to right field on pitches away. Macha said Weeks "breaks his wrists" so fast that he pulls most pitches and often hits the ball on the end of the bat.

"He's still a young guy; he's learning," said Macha. "He's so strong that right-center home runs are easily attainable if he stays on the ball a little bit longer."

Weeks went 1-for-4 with a triple and was robbed of another hit on a leaping catch by second baseman Felipe Lopez.

BREWERS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3: The Brewers rallied to win with a run in the eighth after the Diamondbacks tied the game with three bases-empty homers off RHP Dave Bush in the seventh. With the bases loaded and one out, OF Chris Duffy delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout to second. Bush didn't get the win but produced the Brewers' 15th quality start of the season. RHP Trevor Hoffman made it 3-for-3 in converting saves since coming off the DL by throwing seven of eight pitches for strikes in the ninth. The Brewers finished a 5-2 home stand to leave town above .500 (13-12).

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Added: May 4, 2009

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