Fielder’s two homers lead Brewers past Phillies
The homers snapped a relative power drought for Fielder, the defending National League home run champion who had 50 a year ago. Fielder went homerless in his first 14 games this season and hit just one in his first 68 at-bats before Wednesday.
Both of Fielder’s homers came off Philadelphia ace Cole Hamels (2-3), who lost despite striking out a season-high 11. He gave up eight hits and five runs in seven innings.
Mitch Stetter (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth to get the win as the Brewers overcame Chase Utley’s major league-leading 10th homer. Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his first save since April 23, 2007 —his only save last season.
Pat Burrell and Greg Dobbs also homered for Philadelphia.
Hamels gave up three runs in the first inning but cruised until the eighth, when Ryan Braun doubled to lead off the inning and Fielder followed with a line drive homer on a 1-2 pitch to right.
Fielder also homered in the first inning for his ninth career multi-homer game.
Brewers starter Dave Bush gave up eight hits, four runs and the three homers in six innings.
The Brewers hit Hamels early, with four of the first five batters collecting hits on Hamels’ first 16 pitches.
Rickie Weeks doubled to start the game and scored on Gabe Kapler’s single. Fielder’s homer into the Phillies’ bullpen in right field made it 3-0. Hamels also had a throwing error in the inning on an errant pickoff throw.
Utley made it 3-1 with his homer in the third, giving him home runs in six of his last seven games. Dobbs’ two-run, fifth-inning homer tied it at three, and Burrell made it 4-3 in the sixth with his eighth homer.
The game also marked the return of Geoff Jenkins to Milwaukee. Jenkins played 10 seasons for the Brewers before signing with the Phillies in the offseason. He’s second in club history behind Robin Yount with 212 home runs.
Jenkins received a special introduction before the game and got a prolonged standing ovation from the crowd then and when he made his first at-bat. He also was the subject of a scoreboard highlight video.
Last updated: 8:54 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012