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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-05-11

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-05-11
Ryan Braun has become a bit of a lightning rod for opposing teams of late, but manager Ken Macha said that does not excuse throwing at his head.

Braun was clipped on the helmet by a high pitch from Chicago's Ryan Dempster in the fifth inning Saturday night. When he socked a homer off Dempster in his next at-bat, Braun glared at the pitcher as he headed for first base.

Braun was involved in a similar incident on the Brewers' previous home stand when he was drilled in the upper back by Pittsburgh's Jeff Karstens after socking a home run in his previous at-bat. Braun was vocal about being hit, prompting Pirates pitcher Ian Snell to tell reporters that Braun should "shut his mouth."

Karstens was fined by the commissioner's office for hitting Braun. Braun gave no indication that he thought Dempster threw at him intentionally but Macha said no hitter likes a pitch thrown at his head.

"I think the league frowns upon people throwing at people's heads," said Macha. "I don't know if (MLB vice president) Bob Watson will look at that or not.

"I don't think that's a good idea to throw at people's heads. I don't know if (Dempster) was or he wasn't. I can't answer that. It's hard for me to tell anybody what somebody else's intentions are."

"He got hit in the middle of the back from the guy with Pittsburgh and the league took care of that. I don't know if they're even going to look at (Dempster's pitch)."

CUBS 4, BREWERS 2: For one of the few times over the past couple of weeks, the Brewers had no magic in their bats. They went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, failed to deliver a runner from third with no outs twice and were unable to deliver against a much-beleaguered Chicago bullpen. The Cubs scored all of their runs in the third inning against Brewers starter Jeff Suppan, who surrendered five of the eight hits off him, including a game-tying, two-run homer by Alfonso Soriano. Still, the Brewers won the series, taking two of three, to finish a 20-games in 20-days stretch in which they went 14-6.

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Added: May 11, 2009

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