Brewers 5, D-Backs 3

W: Carlos Villanueva (3-10)
L: Daniel Schlereth (0-4)
S: Trevor Hoffman (32)

HR: Prince Fielder (39), Chris Young (13)

MVP: Claudio Vargas (+.288)
LVP: Mitch Stetter (-.203)

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Hey look, a sweep!

Seven Brewer pitchers combined to hold the D-Backs to three runs today, and the Brewer bats came together to make it stand up. Chris Narveson started and pitched very well through three innings, but allowed the first three batters he faced in the fourth to reach, forcing Ken Macha to go to the bullpen early, and the problem got worse when Mark DiFelice left with a shoulder strain.

After that, though, the bullpen held the D-Backs in place the rest of the way. Chris Smith and Carlos Villanueva combined to pitch 2.2 scoreless innings, and after Mitch Stetter allowed three hits in the seventh, Claudio Vargas came in and pitched out of a bases loaded, one out jam. Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth for his 32nd save.

At the plate, Prince Fielder gave the Brewers an early 1-0 lead with a solo home run, tying Cecil Cooper's franchise record with 126 RBI. That was all the offense the Brewers could muster until the seventh, when Alcides Escobar hit a two run single to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead. The Brewers went on to score four in the seventh and the game was decided.

The Brewers had eight hits in the game today, but Fielder, Escobar and Felipe Lopez accounted for six of them. Ryan Braun went 0-for-5, going hitless for just the second time in eleven September contests.

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