W: Chris Capuano (1-1) (First win since May 7, 2007)
L: Jeff Karstens (2-5)
S: John Axford (12)
HR: Prince Fielder (23), Rickie Weeks (18)
MVP: Rickie Weeks (+.209)
LVP: Alcides Escobar (-.064)
You wouldn't think a matchup between Chris Capuano and Jeff Karstens would turn out to be a pitchers duel. But you would be wrong.
The Brewers' offense was absolutely horrendous for the first few innings. Jeff Karstens didn't allow a single Brewer to reach base until the fifth inning when Prince Fielder led off with a solo home run. Want to know how impatient the Brewers were tonight? In his six innings, Karstens threw 66 pitches, only 13 of them were balls.
Chris Capuano pretty much matched Karstens pitch-for-pitch. In his 5 innings of work he only allowed 1 run on 3 hits and a walk. He left with the game tied 1-1.
Carlos Gomez pinch-hit for Cappy in the sixth and actually successfully bunted himself to first. Rickie Weeks followed with a two-run homer to give the Brewers a 3-1 lead and an opportunity for Capuano to earn his first win in over three years. Todd Coffey, Zach Braddock, and Kameron Loe combined to hold the Bucs scoreless for the next three innings. John Axford entered in the ninth for the save, but decided to toy with out emotions first. He walked the first two batters he faced, but then struck out the next two (take that Ryan Doumit!) and got Ronny Cedeno to ground out to end the game.
Congrats to Cappy! He definately earned this win.