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Weeks comes through in ninth to end Brewers' losing streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers were a pitch away from another miserable loss. Then Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen started throwing like a second-grader again.

After getting two outs on two pitches, Isringhausen imploded, allowing two singles and a walk before Rickie Weeks' two-run single gave Milwaukee a 4-3 victory on Friday night and snapped the Brewers' six-game losing streak.

Weeks, the leadoff hitter with a .196 average, knew he'd hit so many balls hard with nothing to show for it but still said he had confidence he could come through.

Did he ever.

The Cardinals shifted to the right, and Weeks rifled a ball to left field, slapping first base coach Ed Sedar's hand hard as he rounded the bag and flinging his helmet before Prince Fielder mobbed him.

"The way I felt out there, I could've took Mike Tyson three rounds," Weeks said.

Isringhausen, who has a major-league high five blown save chances to go along with his NL-best 11 saves, said it's time for him to sit down with Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan and figure out what to do.

"I'm just getting sick of embarrassing myself and letting my team down," Isringhausen said. "We should be five more wins in the win column in my mind, so we should be ahead in first place even more. But they can't keep sending me out there when I'm pitching the way I'm pitching.

"We're going to have to figure out some kind of remedy. I'm sure that remedy will give me some time off and get somebody in there that can do a better job right now. ... I'm just pitching like a second grader."

It was Isringhausen's fourth blown save in seven outings.

"He gave up two in the ninth, that's what I think. What else do you want to know?" the Cardinals manager said.

When a reporter asked if Isringhausen would remain the closer, La Russa didn't budge.

"Let me ask you something. Do you think it'd be fair to talk to you about it or talk among ourselves and talk to him first? You think you got any chance to get an answer to that question?"

After Isringhausen (1-4) got the two quick outs, J.J. Hardy singled, pinch hitter Gabe Kapler hit a blooper to right and Isringhausen walked Jason Kendall to set up Weeks.

Weeks took Isringhausen's offering to left to score Hardy and Kapler.

"I was excited for Rickie after some of what he's gone through so far," Kapler said. "He's gotten some big hits for us, but I think this was his biggest. It was exciting to see him be the hero."

The Brewers, fresh off being swept in Houston and Florida, came in hitting .239 as a team, and general manager Doug Melvin said he planned to meet with the manager Ned Yost and the coaching staff on Monday to address the issues.

"We had a hard road trip," Yost said. "It was a big win. To come back the way we did, they kept pushing without much luck through the whole nine innings, they got two outs with nobody on and just refused to quit."

Albert Pujols, who has reached base safely in every game this season, homered in the first and the Cardinals got two more in the second off Todd Wellemeyer's RBI single and a bases-loaded walk by Brewers starter Manny Parra.

Even after Milwaukee scored two unearned runs in the fourth, the Brewers seemed well on their way to their seventh loss by playing much like they had in the previous six.

Parra couldn't get past the fifth inning and the Brewers squandered a golden chance to tie the game with runners on first and third with no outs in the sixth. That set up the dramatics by Weeks, just in time.

"That was a huge hit," Yost said. "It was a huge hit by J.J. with two outs, it was a huge hit by Kapler to keep it going. It was a great walk by Kendall. There were a lot of good things that happened there with two outs in the last inning."

Notes

  • Brian Shouse (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth.
  • Cardinals 3B Troy Glaus struck out and left after the Cardinals batted in the third with a bruised left tricep. He was hit by a pitch the inning before. La Russa said afterward Glaus couldn't straighten his arm and would be re-evaluated Saturday.
  • Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo confirmed he'd need surgery on the torn ligament in his right knee and expects it to be scheduled sometime next week.
  • Former All-Star closer Derrick Turnbow accepted a Triple-A assignment from the Brewers and will report to Nashville on Monday.
 
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Winners don't shake hands, they gotta hug. And Prince Fielder is happy to oblige Rickie Weeks. (AP)
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, LF5010020 .297
Aaron Miles, 2B-3B4000003 .301
Albert Pujols, 1B3121100 .349
Ryan Ludwick, RF4000022 .347
Troy Glaus, 3B1100011 .223
    Brendan Ryan, 3B2000002 .265
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Rick Ankiel, CF3120101 .288
Yadier Molina, C3000103 .294
Todd Wellemeyer, P2011000 .200
   a- Chris Duncan, PH1000010 .244
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Adam Kennedy, 2B1000010 .307
Cesar Izturis, SS3001100 .237
Totals3236347  
a-struck out for Wellemeyer in the 7th
Batting
HR - Albert Pujols (7, Parra)
RBI - Albert Pujols (25), Todd Wellemeyer (1), Cesar Izturis (6)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (11)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Miles-Izturis-Pujols
E - Yadier Molina (2, Dropped fly), Brendan Ryan (1, Throwing), Todd Wellemeyer (1, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer 6620020 3.56
Kyle McClellan (H,11) 1100000 2.89
Ryan Franklin (H,12) 1000000 2.00
Jason Isringhausen (BS,5; L,1-4) 0.2322100 7.47
WP - Todd Wellemeyer (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 102-67, Kyle McClellan 17-12, Ryan Franklin 5-4, Jason Isringhausen 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 8-8, Kyle McClellan 2-1, Ryan Franklin 1-2, Jason Isringhausen 1-1
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 24, Kyle McClellan 4, Ryan Franklin 3, Jason Isringhausen 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5022001 .196
Mike Cameron, CF4000011 .190
Ryan Braun, LF4120000 .264
Prince Fielder, 1B4020001 .256
Corey Hart, RF4111002 .294
Bill Hall, 3B4000012 .206
J.J. Hardy, SS4110000 .241
Manny Parra, P1000000 .182
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1000000 .316
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .250
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
   c- Gabe Kapler, PH1110000 .290
Jason Kendall, C3010100 .287
Totals36410312  
a-grounded out for Parra in the 5th
b-popped out for Riske in the 7th
c-singled for Shouse in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (6, Wellemeyer), Corey Hart (7, Wellemeyer)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (13), Corey Hart (15)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (2)
CS - Tony Gwynn Jr. (1, 2nd base by Wellemeyer/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Fielder, Hall-Weeks-Fielder
E - J.J. Hardy (2, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra 5333341 5.79
David Riske 2200010 4.66
Salomon Torres 1100110 2.74
Brian Shouse (W,3-0) 1000010 3.09
HBP - Glaus (by Manny Parra)
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 83-44, David Riske 27-20, Salomon Torres 21-11, Brian Shouse 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 5-5, David Riske 3-2, Brian Shouse 1-1
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 21, David Riske 8, Salomon Torres 5, Brian Shouse 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42705
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Paul Schrieber