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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-05-14

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-05-14
When the Brewers signed 41-year-old closer Trevor Hoffman in January, some folks wondered how much gas was left in his tank.

The answer: plenty.

Hoffman has been everything the Brewers hoped for when they signed the all-time saves leader to a $6 million free agent deal. With another spotless inning Wednesday night, Hoffman has converted all seven of his save opportunities since coming off the disabled list April 25.

Hoffman's efficiency goes beyond those save totals. In eight overall appearances covering seven innings, he has allowed three hits and no walks while logging eight strikeouts. Opponents are batting .115 off him.

"It's only natural for people to wonder how much you've got left," Hoffman said. "But I've felt pretty good out there.

"My stuff is not going to light you up. It's more location with me. If the location's there, I feel I have a chance."

Hoffman has been sharp despite missing most of spring training with a strained right oblique. Upon finally getting ready to pitch, he was sent to Class AAA Nashville for a couple of outings, and he said that made all the difference.

"That was important," Hoffman said. "It was beneficial to see hitters, see umpires and pitch in game action.

"I needed to get off to a good start. New organization, new team. It beats trying to climb out of a hole early."

BREWERS 8, MARLINS 6: 2B Rickie Weeks fell a double short of the cycle as the Brewers pulled off another come-from-behind victory. Milwaukee trailed 4-1 in the second inning before mounting its major league-best 12th comeback. Weeks, who homered in the first inning and tripled in the third, singled home a run during a five-run outburst in the fourth inning. RHP Braden Looper struggled through the early innings but was credited with the victory despite allowing eight hits and five runs in six innings. 3B Craig Counsell and 1B Prince Fielder each drove in a pair of runs as the Brewers won for the 16th time in 21 games.

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Added: May 14, 2009

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