J.J. Hardy Delivers In 11th For Brewers Win
Trevor Hoffman has not blown too many four run leads, but yesterday against the Cleveland Indians he did just that. When you leave pitches up in the strike zone that will happen and luckily for the Brewers J.J. Hardy was able to deliver in the 11th for a 9-8 Brewers win and a sweep in Cleveland.
Scoring for the Brewers got started early in this game as Craig Counsell scored on a ground out by Ryan Braun to give the Brewers a early lead. In the second inning J.J. Hardy homered to make it 2-0 for the Brewers. Ryan Braun scored on a Corey Hart single to make it a 3-0 lead for the Brewers, but the Indians would fight back and after four innings the scored was tied 3-3.
It would remain that way until the 7th inning when Bill Hall homered. Yes, I said the same Bill hall who has struggled to get any type of hit actually did hit a home run. In total the Brewers would get 3 runs in the seventh and one in the eight for a 7-3 lead. Corey Hart would homer in the ninth for a 8-4 commanding lead Brewers fans thought.
Trevor Hoffman came in the ninth and it looked like a done deal for the Brewers, but he blew the lead and it was J.J. Hardy in the 11th inning with a sacrifice fly to give the Brewers the lead and win 9-8. Mark DiFelice (4-0) worked 1 1/3 innings for the win. Mitch Stetter struck out two with two runners on to earn his first career save. The bullpen did well last night except Hoffman which is a rare case. The Brewers are off today and head to Detroit for a weekend series.