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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

California Taps Out As Brewers Sweep Series

Game 1: Milwaukee 6 California 4

WP: Larry Sorenson (5-3, 4.09 ERA, 4 Ks)
LP: David Frost (1-3, 2.37 ERA)
SV: Juan Castro (2)

Brewer home runs by Ben Oglivie (10) and Cecil Cooper (7) were the story behind Milwaukee's victory in
game 1.  Big Ben hit a two run shot in the bottom half of the 3rd to break a 1-1 tie and Coop hit his in the bottom of the 5th to break a 3-3 tie.  California was only able to battle back to within 1 run of the "Crew" before succumbing to Juan Castro in relief.   Don Baylor went 4 for 5 with 3 RBI's in the losing effort.

Game 2 Milwaukee 7 California 3

WP: Bill Travers (5-2, 2.23 ERA)
LP: Don Aase (2-4, 3.45 ERA)

An eighth inning 4 run explosion opened up a Milwaukee route as Bill Travers earned his eventual 5th win of the season with a complete game performance. California gave up 4 singles and a double in the bottom half of the 8th to see the Brewers break a 3-3 tie and settle on the eventual winning numbers of 7-3.  Cecil Cooper added his 8th homer of the season and the Angel's Carney Lansford chipped in a nice performance going 3-4 with an RBI.

Game 3 Milwaukee 6  California 5

WP Bob McClure (1-1, 2.13 ERA)
LP Dave LaRoche (1-1, 4.22 ERA)

Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the California Angels looked like they finally had the Milwaukee Brewers on the ropes.  But it was the Brew Crew who would receive the MIRACLE as Bambi's Bombers banged out 4 runs to steal the game 6-5.  Ben Oglivie led the inning off with a 343 foot shot down the right field line for his 11th homer of the season.  The Brewer bats continued to pound Angel relief pitcher Dave LaRoche with a double, single, single, double before LaRoche and California would wave the white flag. The Brewers rally gave them their 29th win of the season (29-15) while California drops to 26-17 (still 1st place in the AL West).

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