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Milwaukee at Colorado

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Brewers 1, Rockies 0

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Jeff Cirillo sank heavily into the chair at his locker, shrugged his shoulders, tilted his head and raised his eyebrows.

"Do you believe me now?" begged his body language.

Hours after suggesting illegal, waterlogged baseballs were being used at Coors Field, accounting for the dramatic decline in scoring at the ballpark formerly known as "Coors Canaveral," the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 1-0 on Tuesday night.

It was just the fourth 1-0 game in the stadium's 12-year history but the third this year at what is fast becoming just another pitcher's park.

"Another coincidence?" Cirillo asked. "Don't get me wrong (David) Bush and (Josh) Fogg pitched great. But two guys with a 5.00 ERA pitching a 1-0 game?"

Another raise of the eyebrows - fitting, because his comments assuredly did the same across baseball Tuesday night.

Teams are combining to average a record low 9.09 runs a game at Coors, a 33 percent decrease from its heyday a decade ago, and there have always been grumbling about the humidor since its introduction five years ago at Coors Field to keep baseballs from drying up and shrinking in Denver's thin air.

But Cirillo was the first to publicly suggest that the baseballs are waterlogged, preventing them from leaving the ballpark with their usual regularity in the mile-high altitude.

"I don't feel anything different. The ball feels the same in my hands," said Bush, who allowed five singles over six innings.

Damian Miller's RBI single in the seventh was the only scoring in the major league-leading 11th shutout at Coors Field.

"I remember how it used to be, and yeah, I think the numbers speak for themselves," Colorado's Todd Helton said. "There's a difference, but we are competing every game, so that's OK. I think the park plays a lot better. Pitchers throw better games, the pace of games is the way it should be.

"Selfishly, I'd like to see the ball fly a little bit more, but I'm all right with it."

Bush (7-8) hit two batters and struck out two. Francisco Cordero, who came to the Brewers last Friday in a trade with Texas, got the final four outs for his second save.

The Rockies loaded the bases in the ninth when Helton led off with a triple and Cordero walked Brad Hawpe and Choo Freeman around two strikeouts. He struck out Cory Sullivan to end the game.

Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said he has so much faith in his new closer, who replaced an ineffective Derrick Turnbow, that "I still felt good" after center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. misplayed Helton's hit into a triple.

"I think I might have been surprised if they scored there," Yost said.

Cordero wasn't bothered by Helton's hit.

"I've been in that situation before. This isn't my first game in the big leagues," he said. "I set it in my mind that I had to get a couple of strikeouts because any contact probably a run scores."

Cirillo was right about the wet baseballs Tuesday night - a steady rain started falling in the seventh and lasted about 15 minutes while fans scurried for shelter.

Fogg (7-6) took the loss despite allowing one run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked two, both intentional, and struck out six.

Geoff Jenkins led off the seventh with a double into the right field corner and advanced on David Bell's groundout. Bill Hall, who had singled and doubled, was intentionally walked, bringing up Miller.

Fogg picked off Hall for the second out but Miller sent a 2-2 pitch between shortstop Clint Barmes and third baseman Garrett Atkins for an RBI single.

Later that inning, Tony Graffanino's fly ball to left with the bases full died at the wall for the third out, another piece of evidence in Cirillo's conspiracy theory.

"We will keep playing games," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said, "and the park will establish its own identity."

Notes

For just the third time ever, the Rockies have been involved in five straight games where neither team scored more than four runs. ... Brewers OF Rickie Weeks (right wrist) will start hitting off a tee Friday.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Fogg
IP 6.2
H 7
ER 1
BB 2
K 6
Milwaukee

D. Bush
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF-RF3000111
Tony Graffanino, 2B4010003
Prince Fielder, 1B4010010
Kevin Mench, LF4000022
Geoff Jenkins, RF4120010
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000
David Bell, 3B4010002
Bill Hall, SS3020110
Damian Miller, C3011121
Dave Bush, P1000012
   a- Gabe Gross, PH1010000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000
    Matt Wise, P0000000
    Anthony Gwynn, CF0000000
Totals311913911 
a-singled for Bush in the 7th
Batting
2B - Geoff Jenkins (, Fogg), Bill Hall (, Fogg)
SH - Dave Bush ()
RBI - Damian Miller ()
2-OUT RBI - Damian Miller ()
SB - Tony Graffanino (, 3rd base off Fogg/Torrealba)
CS - David Bell (, 2nd base by Corpas/Torrealba), Bill Hall (, 2nd base by Fogg/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 7
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush (W,-) 6500020
Brian Shouse (H,) 0.1000010
Matt Wise (H,) 1.1100010
Francisco Cordero (S,) 1.1100230
HBP - Holliday (by Dave Bush), Torrealba (by Dave Bush)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 77-51, Brian Shouse 9-6, Matt Wise 15-10, Francisco Cordero 30-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 7-8, Matt Wise 3-0
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 24, Brian Shouse 1, Matt Wise 5, Francisco Cordero 7
Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF5010016
Clint Barmes, SS4000002
Garrett Atkins, 3B4030001
    Jamey Carroll, PR-2B0000000
Matt Holliday, LF3000012
Todd Helton, 1B4010003
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000011
Brad Hawpe, RF3010110
Jason Smith, 2B2000012
   a- Luis Gonzalez, PH-2B^3B2000012
Josh Fogg, P1010000
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000
   b- Jorge Piedra, PH1000010
    Tom Martin, P0000000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000
   c- Choo Freeman, PH0000100
Totals320702719 
a-grounded out for Smith in the 7th
b-struck out for Ramirez in the 7th
c-walked for Corpas in the 9th
Batting
3B - Todd Helton (, Cordero)
SH - Josh Fogg ()
CS - Cory Sullivan (, 2nd base by Bush/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Smith-Helton, Barmes-Gonzalez-Helton
E - Yorvit Torrealba (, )
Colorado Rockies
Josh Fogg (L,-) 6.2711260
Ramon Ramirez 0.1000100
Tom Martin 1100010
Manuel Corpas 1100020
IBB - D. Miller by Josh Fogg, by Hall
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 99-63, Ramon Ramirez 8-3, Tom Martin 6-5, Manuel Corpas 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 7-5, Tom Martin 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 27, Ramon Ramirez 2, Tom Martin 3, Manuel Corpas 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22082
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Gerry Davis