06/10/07 1:11 AM ET
Bottom falls out in ninth for Brewers
Sheets dominant through seven, Cordero can't notch save
By Shawn Smajstrla / Special to MLB.com
Laird singled home Wilkerson and moved Vazquez to third. Kenny Lofton followed with a single toward first base that Prince Fielder made a nice play to get to. However, his momentum was carrying him toward second base and Fielder couldn't get up in time to throw out the speedy Lofton. Vazquez crossed home plate and pulled the Rangers within one.Marlon Byrd ripped a ground ball to center field to tie the game when Laird came home, and Michael Young completed the comeback with a single to right field that allowed Lofton to come around from second. "This is not the first time it's happened," Cordero said of his blown save. "And I believe this is not the last time it will happen either. I believe I made pretty good pitches that they hit." Sheets was easily good enough to deserve a win, and probably expected to pick up his seventh victory of the season when Cordero was summoned from the bullpen. Even after watching the disaster unfold, Sheets wouldn't have done anything differently. "He's been the best in baseball," Sheets said of his teammate. "You can't ask for a better scenario. We'd do it again all over again the same way. It's not like anybody in the country would do it any different than the way we did it. We set it up like we wanted to." The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when Craig Counsell doubled home Tony Graffanino. Milwaukee looked to add some insurance runs in the ninth when Geoff Jenkins and Graffanino added RBIs to push the lead to 3-0. Milwaukee has now lost 19 of its last 28 games, but manager Ned Yost is far from worried. "It's not devastating," he said. "We're not dead. It's a ballgame. We'll be back tomorrow. It's definitely tough, but it's not devastating." Yost also chose to talk of Cordero's success this year rather than of his only flaw on the season. "He's been some kind of good for us," the manager said of his closer. "He's been perfect. You knew he was going to have one of these nights, you just hope you can keep it away as long as you could. I'll take his ratio any time."
Shawn Smajstrla is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.