Milwaukee at Washington

Final 11th
W: C. Villanueva (3-5) L: S. Rivera (3-2)
S: S. Torres (3)
HR: MIL - None   WAS - C. Guzman (5), D. Young (1)

Brewers edge Nationals in 11th on Kapler's RBI single wire reports

WASHINGTON -- On a day when he hit the ball hard five times, Prince Fielder's legs allowed the Milwaukee Brewers to salvage some momentum from a disappointing trip.

Fielder scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning on pinch-hitter Gabe Kapler's single, and the Brewers defeated the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Monday.

"Prince just missed four homers. He almost had a four-homer day," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "You add up his outs, and ... it could have been 1,500 feet."

Fielder singled down the right-field line and was thrown out by Elijah Dukes trying to stretch the hit into a double, then flied out deep three times, including an eighth-inning sacrifice fly that put the Brewers ahead 3-2.

Fielder led off the 11th with an opposite-field double to left against an exaggerated shift, then advanced on Corey Hart's sacrifice. After Russell Branyan struck out, Kapler lined the first pitch from Saul Rivera (3-2) to center for an RBI single.

"Every guy has a different philosophy in regards to pinch hitting, but mine is just to try to get a good pitch to hit and put a good swing on it -- whether it be early in the count or late in the count," Kapler said.

Carlos Villanueva (3-5) pitched two scoreless innings, striking out five of six batters, and Salomon Torres got three outs for his third save in five tries.

Milwaukee's Ben Sheets gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings.

Washington managed only one hit in the last five innings: Dmitri Young's disputed two-out, solo home run in the eighth.

"When our offense shows up, things will obviously will be easier for us," Nationals manager Manny Acta said.

Young's drive off Brian Shouse originally was ruled in play by second base umpire Paul Emmel. The ball appeared to hit off the top of a wall behind the center-field fence and bounced away from center fielder Mike Cameron for a triple.

Acta asked umpires to confer, and Young was awarded his first home run since Aug. 27 at Los Angeles. As Young trotted home with the tying run, Yost argued to no avail.

"When it bounced, it was too far away," Acta said. "When he hits it, the padding, it doesn't bounce that far away."

Cameron suggested changing the color of the second wall -- which is several feet behind the first -- to alleviate the confusion. Both walls are green.

"They got it right," Cameron said. "They've got to change it or do something to fix that."

Milwaukee split the four-game holiday weekend series, finishing a 4-6 trip.

"It was good to battle back and win this game," Yost said.

Nationals starter Jason Bergmann pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, stretching his shutout streak to 19 2/3 innings since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on May 14. He allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked one, leaving with a 2-0 lead.

"I tried my best for as long as I could. Hopefully, next time we'll get the W."

Cristian Guzman's solo home run staked the Nationals to a 1-0 lead in the first, and Jesus Flores hit an RBI double in the second.

Jason Kendall cut the lead with a a run-scoring single off Brian Sanches in the seventh. Young then couldn't backhand pinch-hitter Joe Dillon's check-swing bouncer between first and second, and the ball dribbled into right field for an error that allowed J.J. Hardy to score the tying run.


  • For the first time this season, Kendall hit eighth instead of ninth. Yost had been hitting Kendall, his catcher, ninth behind the pitcher, in an effort to create scoring chances and avoid double plays.
  • The Brewers are close to signing RHP Julian Tavarez, whom Boston cut loose two weeks ago. Tavarez will accompany the team back to Milwaukee for a physical Monday night. If he passes, Tavarez could be added to the roster as soon as Tuesday.
  • The Nationals are 1-9 in extra inning games dating to July 27 last year.
  • Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman was unavailable because of a sore left shoulder. He is day to day.
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Prince Fielder comes home with the winning run as the Brewers salvage a split against the Nationals.  (AP)
Prince Fielder comes home with the winning run as the Brewers salvage a split against the Nationals. (AP)

Players of the Game

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

C. Guzman
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Rickie Weeks, 2B6010024 .206
Mike Cameron, CF4110101 .248
Ryan Braun, LF5010003 .281
Prince Fielder, 1B4121002 .273
Corey Hart, RF4120021 .302
Russell Branyan, 3B5000043 .250
J.J. Hardy, SS3100111 .244
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .143
   a- Gabe Kapler, PH1011000 .296
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
Jason Kendall, C3011200 .276
Ben Sheets, P2000021 .125
   b- Joe Dillon, PH1000000 .286
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Tim Dillard, P0000000 .000
    Craig Counsell, SS1000110 .226
a-singled for Villanueva in the 11th
b-grounded out for Sheets in the 7th
2B - Mike Cameron (7, Bergmann), Ryan Braun (15, Bergmann), Prince Fielder (11, Rivera)
SF - Prince Fielder (7)
SH - Corey Hart (3)
RBI - Prince Fielder (25), Gabe Kapler (16), Jason Kendall (16)
2-OUT RBI - Gabe Kapler (5)
SB - Mike Cameron (3, 2nd base off Hanrahan/Flores), Corey Hart (9, 3rd base off Sanches/Flores), Gabe Kapler (3, 2nd base off Rivera/Flores)
Team LOB - 9
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets 6722061 2.93
Brian Shouse 1.2111031 2.65
Tim Dillard 0.1000000 0.00
Carlos Villanueva (W,3-5) 2000050 6.06
Salomon Torres (S,3) 1000010 2.90
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 86-61, Brian Shouse 21-16, Tim Dillard 4-2, Carlos Villanueva 27-19, Salomon Torres 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 6-6, Brian Shouse 2-0, Tim Dillard 1-0, Carlos Villanueva 1-0, Salomon Torres 2-0
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 25, Brian Shouse 6, Tim Dillard 1, Carlos Villanueva 6, Salomon Torres 3
Washington Nationals
Willie Harris, 2B-3B5010020 .172
Cristian Guzman, SS5121000 .298
Aaron Boone, 3B-1B5000023 .303
Dmitri Young, 1B4111010 .226
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
   a- Wil Nieves, PH1000000 .320
Lastings Milledge, CF5010010 .242
Rob Mackowiak, LF3000001 .152
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    Felipe Lopez, 2B1000010 .249
Elijah Dukes, RF4110021 .119
Jesus Flores, C4021020 .340
Jason Bergmann, P2000022 .000
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Langerhans, LF2000020 .000
a-grounded out for Rivera in the 11th
2B - Lastings Milledge (14, Sheets), Elijah Dukes (2, Sheets), Jesus Flores (9, Sheets)
HR - Cristian Guzman (5, Sheets), Dmitri Young (1, Shouse)
RBI - Cristian Guzman (20), Dmitri Young (4), Jesus Flores (10)
2-OUT RBI - Dmitri Young (3), Jesus Flores (7)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Elijah Dukes 1
DP - Guzman-Young
PB - Jesus Flores (3)
E - Dmitri Young (2, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann 5.2400180 4.50
Charlie Manning (H,1) 0.2111010 5.40
Brian Sanches (BS,1)0110100 0.00
Joel Hanrahan 1.2011110 3.86
Jon Rauch 1000000 2.45
Saul Rivera (L,3-2) 2311220 4.26
WP - Charlie Manning (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 93-62, Charlie Manning 10-7, Brian Sanches 10-5, Joel Hanrahan 21-12, Jon Rauch 9-4, Saul Rivera 44-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 1-7, Brian Sanches 1-0, Joel Hanrahan 1-2, Jon Rauch 2-1, Saul Rivera 2-2
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 21, Charlie Manning 3, Brian Sanches 3, Joel Hanrahan 5, Jon Rauch 3, Saul Rivera 11
Game Information
Attendance - 28552
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling