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Hall erupts for career-best six RBI to lead Brewers' rout of Giants

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Bill Hall spent the bus ride back from Wrigley Field watching video footage on a laptop computer and talking to teammates, eventually coming up with a subtle swing adjustment that paid off right away.

Hall homered twice and had a career-high six RBI to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Francisco Giants 13-4 in their home opener Friday. It was the third career two-homer game for Hall, who didn't hit a home run during spring training.

"I wasn't worried about not hitting home runs in spring training and exhibition games," Hall said. "I've never seen those stats on the back of anybody's baseball card."

The Brewers' bats seemed to all thaw out at once after taking two of three games from the Cubs in a chilly season-opening series.

"It was too cold in Chicago," said Rickie Weeks, who set a franchise record and tied a modern-day National League record by scoring a run in his 17th straight game dating to last season.

Prince Fielder went 3-for-4, scored three runs and finished with three RBI, and Gabe Kapler drove in a pair of runs. Manager Ned Yost said the Brewers' home debut couldn't have gone much better.

"Our fans have been hearing a lot about our team this spring, and I think, generated a lot of excitement," Yost said. "They had a good chance to see what they'll be rooting for all summer long."

The Giants, in their first season following the forced departure of Barry Bonds, have lost three of their first four games.

"We're not the type of team that can slug with the other clubs, especially this one," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They can put a crooked number on the board, which they did quickly. It's important we do keep it close."

Carlos Villanueva (1-0) tied a career high with six strikeouts, going 5 1/3 innings. He held the Giants scoreless until the sixth, when he gave up two runs and Brian Shouse relieved. Villanueva was hoping to go deeper into the game, but managed to keep his frustration in check.

"It could have been a lot worse," Villanueva said. "Just sit down, calm down, and enjoy our offensive day."

Salomon Torres pitched three innings for his first save.

San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez (0-1) set a career high with eight strikeouts. But it wasn't much of a day otherwise for Sanchez, who gave up seven runs in four-plus innings. In two career starts at Miller Park, Sanchez has given up a total of 15 earned runs in six innings.

"I threw two (bad) pitches," Sanchez said. "It wasn't bad, but it'll get better."

Fielder's RBI single and Hall's homer put Milwaukee ahead 3-0 in the first.

In the Brewers' five-run fifth, Hall crushed his second homer of the game near the base of the steel tower where Milwaukee mascot "Bernie Brewer" glides down a slide to celebrate home runs.

Hall acknowledged the crowd with a curtain call - then added an RBI single in the following inning as the Brewers put up another five runs.

Hall said it all went back to the adjustment he made after the watching video and talking to Fielder and Joe Dillon on the bus ride back from Chicago on Thursday. Hall figured out that his hands were getting too low when he cocked his body into the "launch" position as he prepared to swing.

"I saw what I was doing wrong, and I corrected it today," Hall said. "The results were pretty much immediate."

Notes

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the modern (since 1900) mark for most consecutive games with at least one run scored is 18, by the New York Yankees' Red Rolfe in 1939 and Cleveland's Kenny Lofton in 2000.
  • Brewers catcher Jason Kendall scored his 900th career run in the sixth.
  • Bochy on reliever Brad Hennessey, who gave up five runs in the sixth: "Henny is just not sharp with his stuff, his command. He'll make a couple of good pitches, but then he'll make a mistake."
 
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Bill Hall, who didn't homer in spring training, belts two in the Brewers' home opener.  (AP)
Bill Hall, who didn't homer in spring training, belts two in the Brewers' home opener. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

B. Hall
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 6
San Francisco

J. Castillo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Dave Roberts, LF3000010 .222
   a- Daniel Ortmeier, PH-LF2000002 .000
Eugenio Velez, 2B5000010 .273
Randy Winn, RF4120110 .267
Bengie Molina, C4112002 .235
    Erick Threets, P0000000 .000
Aaron Rowand, CF3110010 .385
   b- Fred Lewis, PH-CF1000000 .000
Jose Castillo, 3B4121000 .333
Rich Aurilia, 1B4021021 .200
Brian Bocock, SS3020100 .273
Jonathan Sanchez, P2000024 .000
    Keiichi Yabu, P0000000 .000
   c- Ray Durham, PH1000012 .125
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .000
    Steve Holm, C1000000 .000
Totals37410429  
a-lined out for Roberts in the 6th
b-grounded out for Rowand in the 7th
c-struck out for Yabu in the 6th
Batting
2B - Aaron Rowand (1, Villanueva), Jose Castillo 2 (3, Villanueva, Villanueva)
HR - Bengie Molina (1, Torres)
RBI - Bengie Molina 2 (2), Jose Castillo (1), Rich Aurilia (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Castillo-Velez-Aurilia
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez (L,0-1) 4777281 15.75
Keiichi Yabu 1111001 6.75
Brad Hennessey 1655110 37.80
Erick Threets 2200000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 90-51, Keiichi Yabu 9-7, Brad Hennessey 30-20, Erick Threets 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 1-3, Keiichi Yabu 1-2, Erick Threets 2-3
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 21, Keiichi Yabu 4, Brad Hennessey 10, Erick Threets 7
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4320112 .313
Gabe Kapler, CF5232001 .364
Prince Fielder, 1B4333010 .429
   a- Joe Dillon, PH-1B1000001 .500
Ryan Braun, LF5000025 .211
Bill Hall, 3B5236010 .294
Corey Hart, RF5021010 .250
J.J. Hardy, SS4000023 .059
Carlos Villanueva, P2000011 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
   b- Gabe Gross, PH1100102 .000
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
Jason Kendall, C2221100 .500
    Mike Rivera, C10100001.000
Totals3913161339  
a-popped out for Fielder in the 7th
b-walked for Shouse in the 6th
Batting
2B - Prince Fielder (1, Hennessey), Jason Kendall (3, Hennessey)
HR - Bill Hall 2 (2, Sanchez, Yabu)
RBI - Gabe Kapler 2 (3), Prince Fielder 3 (5), Bill Hall 6 (7), Corey Hart (4), Jason Kendall (3)
2-OUT RBI - Bill Hall 2 (2)
SB - Rickie Weeks (2, 2nd base off Sanchez/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Villanueva (W,1-0) 5.1822260 3.38
Brian Shouse 0.2000010 0.00
Salomon Torres (S,1) 3222021 4.15
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 104-67, Brian Shouse 6-5, Salomon Torres 35-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 6-4, Salomon Torres 2-5
Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 26, Brian Shouse 2, Salomon Torres 11
Game Information
Attendance - 45212
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Adrian Johnson