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Brewers 2, Rockies 1
2005-05-23 20:59
by Mark T.R. Donohue

Oh, you have to feel for Shawn Chacon. Once again the guy pitches pretty well but takes a loss as Chris Capuano and Ricky Bottalico combine on a three-hitter for Milwaukee. And he had to leave running the bases in the fifth with an apparent ankle injury. What's the story? Well, 0-for-12 from your 1-2-3 hitters never helps, as Clint Barmes' slump continued and Aaron Miles and Todd Helton were no help either. Dustan Mohr and Matt Holliday doubled, but the only run the Rockies managed to get across came on a Capuano balk.

It's a shame, because the Rockies defensively had a good game. They didn't commit any errors for a change. Chacon gave up three hits and two walks in his four innings, but the Brewers got the hit with runners in scoring position that the Rockies couldn't from Bill Hall in the 4th. After Chacon's early exit Blaine Neal pitched a perfect fifth, then got into a jam in the sixth that Jay Witasick elegantly worked out of for him. Jose Acevedo looked sharp in the eighth.

But Capuano was almost all the Brewers would need, going 8 1/3 and striking out six while walking only two. Bottalico came in to earn the save after Capuano plunked Holliday with one out. He made things interesting with a wild pitch and a walk to Garrett Atkins, but Colorado's utter ineptitude with runners in scoring position ran rampant as Todd Greene popped up weakly and pinch hitter Brad Hawpe took one on the outside corner for a called strike three.

Maybe we need to start stealing third. Maybe everyone needs a suicide squeeze clinic (I don't know what they were trying with Chacon at the plate in the fifth, but Atkins was out at home by a mile). Maybe everyone should start wearing that Barry Bonds-style armor and leaning into pitches. Shawn Chacon deserves better!

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