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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-05-08

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-05-08
This was not how Carlos Corporan envisioned making his big-league debut, but he wasn't complaining.

The backup catcher played in his first game in the majors Wednesday night in Cincinnati and collected his first hit. The single came off Reds infielder Paul Janish, who was asked to pitch the ninth inning of a game the Brewers won 15-3.

Janish allowed five runs in the ninth inning, including a home run by Prince Fielder.

After Corporan scored and returned to the dugout, bench coach Willie Randolph joked that the hit didn't officially count in the books because it didn't come off a real pitcher.

"I didn't even realize it wasn't a pitcher throwing," Corporan said. "But it was fun, an experience I'll never forget."

Corporan had been called up from the minors a week earlier when backup catcher Mike Rivera went on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. No. 1 catcher Jason Kendall had caught every inning until things got out of hand Wednesday night.

Players continued to kid Corporan on the bus after the game, telling him to sit in legendary announcer Bob Uecker's seat. Corporan didn't know whose seat he was in until Uecker walked onto the bus to find his spot occupied by a rookie backup catcher.

Corporan tried to move, but Uecker had him stay and the two sat side-by-side.

"They were definitely giving him the business a little bit," manager Ken Macha said.

REDS 6, BREWERS 5: The Brewers' road magic ran out as they dropped the finale of their four-game swing through Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. The Brewers had won seven of eight on the road and three in a row before bowing to the Reds.

RHP Braden Looper had his first bad start for the Brewers, allowing eight hits, two walks and five runs in 3 1/3 innings. After Milwaukee tied the score with three runs in the top of the fourth to erase a 3-0 deficit, Looper surrendered two in the bottom of the inning and was gone.

Reds RHP Micah Owings tripled home a run and scored on a wild pitch.

The Brewers bullpen allowed only one run the rest of the way, but that proved to be the difference.

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Added: May 8, 2009

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