Braves Edge Brewers
Written by: Mike Eckert
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Wow!! What a game from both teams. This was great baseball on a Saturday nite in Medford. The outcome does tell the real story and how close it was as the Braves edge the Brewers 6-5 to advance to play the number #1 seed Diamondbacks on Monday.
The Brewers came on strong scoring 4 in the first, but Dan Torre came on in relief of Ryan McGowan to hold the Brewers there, at 4-0 after 1. The Braves scratched and clawed their way back to 4-1 after 2 and then 4-3 after 3.
With the score 4-4 in the top of the 5th and runners on first and second and 2 outs, Anthony Papasso ground in the hole to short who came up firing to 1 st, but Anthony beat the throw out, but Coach waive Eric Adamson around third trying to sneek one run, but the Brewers who played great defense were heads up to nail Eric at the plate to end the top of the 5th with score still tied 4-4.
With one out in the bottom of the 5th the Brewers had a runner on first, the second pitch they sent him to steal the throw went under second baseman glove into center field and under the centerfielders glove and the runner came all the way around to score to put the Brewers ahead 5-4 going into the top of the 6th inning.
Dan Torre pitched 5 great innings to keep our hopes alive. Then came the 6th inning. Dan Torre lined out to the pitcher, 1 out. Ryan McGowan who had been struggling all nite, rip a 2-1 pitch into the left field gap for a double, Joey Funari was retired on strikes, 2 outs, score 5-4. Mike Eckert fought of 2 strikes and singled, followed by a single by Jeff Casperson and Joe Bonsall added his first and biggest hit of the year to put the Braves up 6-5 and they held on to win 6-5.
Great job both coaching staffs - a great game and too bad one team had to lose.
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