MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have a case of home run
fever. And it's spreading.
"Hitting is contagious," said Jeromy Burnitz, one of five
Brewers who homered Saturday night in an 11-6 victory over the San
Francisco Giants. "That's one of the oldest things you hear in
baseball, and it's the truth. No doubt about it."
Richie Sexson, Ron Belliard, Geoff Jenkins and Tyler Houston
also homered for the Brewers.
Back-to-back home runs by Sexson and Burnitz highlighted a
five-run third inning when the Brewers took a 6-1 lead before a
crowd of 42,080, the largest to attend a game at new Miller Park.
"They've got seven or eight guys that can go out of the
ballpark," Giants manager Dusty Baker. "They are going to hit, it
depends on the pitching they're going to get."
This was the same team that lost 7-3 the night before and failed
to get a hit after the third inning, something that confuses
manager Dave Lopes.
"I'm just baffled sometimes that they don't hit collectively
because they are that good," Lopes said. "Before it's all over, I
believe this team is going to hit very, very well and score a lot
Lopes was also a bit confused on why plate umpire Robert Drake
ejected him in the second after the Brewers tied it 1-1.
"Well it wasn't any profanity, I'll tell you that," said
Lopes, who was tossed for jawing from the dugout while Jeffrey
Hammonds batted. "I just didn't like the way things were going."
San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit a three-run homer in the fifth
inning for his fourth of the season and 498th of his career.
Mike DeJean (1-0) got the win in relief of starter Jimmy Haynes,
who he replaced with two outs in the fifth with Milwaukee leading
7-6. DeJean walked two and struck out three in 1 2-3 innings.
Loser Mark Gardner (0-1) allowed seven runs on eight hits and
was relieved by Alan Embree with two outs in the fourth.
After being battered by the Brewers, Gardner admitted, "This is
the trip you might take an extra pitcher."
The Brewers scored five times in the third to take a 6-1 lead.
Jenkins' one-out RBI single gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead. Sexson
followed with a 415-foot three-run home run to left, and Burnitz
hit a 420-foot solo shot to center to make it 6-1.
In the fourth, Belliard's first home run of the season increased
the lead to 7-1.
San Francisco scored five runs in the fifth to pull within 7-6.
Bonds hit a three-run homer, second baseman Belliard's fielding
error allowed another run and the Giants scored again on a wild
pitch by Haynes, who allowed six runs, four earned, on eight hits
in 4 2-3 innings
Jenkins' two-run homer in the sixth gave Milwaukee a 9-6 lead.
Houston's two-run shot in the eight made it 11-6.
The Giants led 1-0 in the first after an infield single by Eric
Davis. Milwaukee tied it 1-1 in the second on Burnitz's triple.
|Richie Sexson hits one of five homers for the Brewers on the night.|
Milwaukee reliever Chad Fox, called up from Triple-A
Indianapolis to take starter Ben Sheets' place, made his first
major league appearance since April 20, 1999, in the seventh
inning. ... The ejection of Milwaukee Manager Davey Lopes was the
first at new Miller Park. ... The Brewers hit back-to-back home
runs for the second time this season. Sexson and Jenkins homered
against Cincinnati on April 8. ... Bonds needs two more homers to
become the 17th player in major league history to hit 500.
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