MIAMI (AP) -- Florida Marlins pitchers were perfect for more than
nine innings Wednesday night, and they set a team record with 22
Starter A.J. Burnett matched his career-high and the team record
with 14 strikeouts in six innings and Florida pitchers retired 28
consecutive hitters from the third inning on.
"I don't think I've ever seen anything like this," 74-year-old
Marlins manager Jack McKeon said.
Pierre led off the 12th with an infield single against Wes
Obermueller (1-2) and took second on Luis Castillo's sacrifice.
Following an intentional walk to Carlos Delgado and a walk to
Miguel Cabrera, Encarnacion lined a single to center.
"I feel like I let the team down," said Obermueller, usually a
starter or middle reliever. "That was my first time being in that
Valerio De Los Santos (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning.
Milwaukee failed to put a runner on base -- with only three balls
being hit to the outfield -- over the final 9 1/3 innings. J.J.
Hardy, who had a two-out, run-scoring single in the third, was the
Brewers' final baserunner.
"To go 12 innings, and for us not get a hit past the third
inning ... it's kind of unbelievable," Brewers manager Ned Yost
"It shows that they were throwing good pitches to everybody,
and we didn't make any adjustments," Milwaukee's Bill Hall said.
Burnett struck out every Brewer in the starting lineup at least
"I knew we had a lot of strikeouts, but I just wanted to win
the game," Burnett said. "This was a big win."
"I told A.J. he gave me the biggest workout of my life,"
catcher Paul Lo Duca said. "He was all over the place. I guess you
could say he was effectively wild."
"If I knew we had a streak of retired hitters, I probably would
have given up a hit," Jones said.
Florida's team record for a nine-inning game is 17 strikeouts
(July 21, 2002 vs. Montreal), and its previous record for an
extra-inning game was 21 (Aug. 20, 1999 against Houston in 16
Milwaukee batters struck out a major league record 26 times in a
17-inning game at Anaheim on June 8, 2004.
Brewers starter Tomo Ohka allowed two runs and six hits in six
innings. He entered the game with a 1-10 career record against
Florida, having lost his previous eight decisions against the
Burnett threw 125 pitches in six innings, allowing four runs and
four hits while walking five. Reliever Jim Mecir pitched the
seventh but didn't have a strikeout.
Lo Duca's sacrifice fly in the eighth scored Encarnacion, who
had tripled with one out, to tie it 4-4.
Geoff Jenkins' two-run single highlighted Milwaukee's three-run
Cabrera led off Florida's second with a triple off the
right-field wall and scored after center fielder Chris Magruder
threw wildly to third. Replays showed Cabrera's shot cleared the
wall, hit a railing and bounced back onto the field.
Milwaukee had won the series' first two games. ... Burnett
struck out 14 against Colorado on Aug. 29, 2004. .. The Marlins
said Josh Beckett will miss his next scheduled start. The
right-hander, who left Tuesday night's 6-4 loss to Milwaukee in the
third inning after straining his left oblique muscle, had been
scheduled to start Sunday against Chicago. ... Before the game,
Florida recalled outfielder Chris Aguila from Triple-A Albuquerque
and placed catcher Josh Willingham (left stress arm fracture) on
the 15-day disabled list.
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