Bases-loaded strikeout gives Brewers win; Hall wants out of Brew town
Prince Fielder homered in the eighth inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 win over Arizona last night at Miller Park.
Salomon Torres loaded the bases in the ninth, as Bill Hall and Jason Kendall committed throwing errors, but Torres struck out Stephen Drew to end the game, giving the Brewers their 10th win in their last 14.
Fielder also singled twice to go 3-4 and the burly first baseman lumbered to his first stolen base of the year, scoring moments later on a sacrifice fly.
Chris Snyder drove in two of Arizona's runs with a homer and a double.
Doug Slaten took the loss. He's 0-and-2, as the Diamondbacks ended a two-game winning streak while losing six of their last eight.
Guillermo Mota threw a perfect eighth to get the win for Milwaukee going to 2-3. Torres picked up his sixth save.
The Brewers moved into a third-place tie with Houston in the National League Central, seven games behind the front-running Chicago Cubs.
Milwaukee now has a four-game winning streak, tying a season-high and they're two games above .500 for the first time since May 3.
The Brewers and Diamondbacks will play again tonight (Tuesday).
Arizona left-hander Randy Johnson will try to take sole possession of second place on the career strike-out list, in which he's now tied with Roger Clemens.
Right-hander Seth McClung will go for the Brewers.
Hall wants trade
Bill Hall is demanding a trade. His agent Terry Bross says the Brewers' third baseman deserves to play every day somewhere else and Milwaukee could probably get a decent pitcher for him.
Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin says Bross has not discussed a trade with him.
Melvin says Hall is still valuable to the Brewers against left-handed pitchers.
The 28-year-old Hall had been a loyal trooper as Manager Ned Yost moved him around the diamond the past three years.
But Hall finally lashed out a week-and-a-half ago, when Yost decided to platoon him with left-handed hitting Russell Branyan who had just been called up from Triple-"A."
At the time, Hall was batting just .158 against right-handers. He had his best year in 2006, when he had 35 homers and 85 RBI's while filling in for injured shortstop J.J. Hardy.
Last year, Ned Yost moved Hall to center-field, when he dropped to .254 with 14 homers.
This year, Hall was moved back to third when the Brewers acquired veteran center-fielder Mike Cameron.
Brewer relievers Eric Gagne and David Riske are both recovering slower-than-expected from arm injuries over the last three week and they're not close to returning.
Riske has been out since mid-May with a hyper-extended elbow. He started playing catch in the outfield Monday, but manager Ned Yost says it will be a few days before Riske can throw from a mound.
Gagne is in the same situation. He went on the disabled list May 21 with rotator cuff tendinitis.
Gagne has been playing catch, but Yost says it will be awhile before he can throw from a mound.
Also, Gagne left the team last weekend to be with his wife who had complications during her pregnancy. He's 1-2 with a 6.98 ERA and 10 saves in 15 chances.
Riske is 0-1 in 18 appearances with a 4.71 ERA.