07/26/2003 10:58 PM ET
Brewers pitchers hit hard in loss
Crew in danger of being swept in three-game series
By Dan Hyatt / MLB.com
DENVER -- The Brewers lost, 13-8, on Saturday in a typical Coors Field game against the Rockies that included 21 runs and 30 hits.
Neither team put a zero on the scoreboard until the both teams went scoreless in the top of the fifth inning. The Rockies scored in every inning but the fifth.
"When they score in every inning but one it's tough," said Brewers manager Ned Yost. "When you score eight runs it's usually enough to win, but this is a tough place to pitch. It's not an excuse, but it doesn't help when you walk  batters."
The Brewers started the offensive explosion early, hitting four-straight singles off Denny Stark to score three first-inning runs.
Center fielder Brady Clark started for Scott Podsednik, who had appeared in every game since May 7. Clark had a career-high four hits with a double and two runs, and had an amazing catch in the bottom of the second with the bases loaded to limit the Rockies to one run and preserve a Brewers lead.
"That catch was phenomenal," said Yost. "I don't know how he made that catch. I mean that's the hardest play in baseball; running straight away from you and then diving straight out and catching it. He's been playing like that all year for us. He's a guy who gives you everything he has and is prepared on a daily basis. You can't make a better catch than that."
Milwaukee's John Vander Wal came back to lead-off the third inning with his second home run in as many days, giving the Brewers a 5-2 lead. With two on and two outs in the top of the fourth, Richie Sexson ripped an 0-and-2 pitch over the wall in left for his third hit of the game, giving the Brewers an 8-5 lead.
But the Brewers offense stopped there.
Preston Wilson belted his 26th home run in the third inning off Brewers starter Matt Kinney and hit No. 27 in the fourth off Dave Burba, becoming the first National Leaguer to reach the 100-RBI mark.
After Wilson's first long ball, Kinney allowed the next three hitters to reach base, then walked Rockies pitcher Stark to make it a 5-5 ballgame. Since Kinney's first career complete game June 27 against Minnesota, he owns a 0-2 mark and has given up 26 runs in 25 1/3 innings of work, good for a 9.12 ERA.
"I just wanted to keep the team in the ballgame," said Kinney. "I just didn't throw that well. This is the ballpark that gives up the most home runs in the big leagues. It didn't have much to do with the way I pitched; you make quality pitches you're going to get guys out no matter where you play."
Stark would also leave the game, but not before giving up eight earned runs off a career-high 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
"I made a lot of mistakes," said Stark. "At this level when you do that, they're going to make you pay for it. It was pretty quick that I realized that I didn't have my best stuff. I made a few good pitches where they were able to knock them in for base hits, and I made mistakes and they hurt me."
After a scoreless fifth, the Brewers bullpen struggled once again as Burba and Valerio De Los Santos surrendered the lead after giving up four earned runs off four hits and two walks.
The Rockies bullpen held the Brewers to three hits after Sexson's home run and the Rockies went on to score three more runs as De Los Santos picked up his third loss of the year.
Sexson tied a career high with four hits.
Dan Hyatt is contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.