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Stadium, Oct. 26, 2012 – Mark Sain had a two-run double and Dave Globig had
a two-run single in a seven-run sixth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated
the Fort Worth Phillies 10-3 for the 55 Wood Bat Central division crown.
John Arnold turned in a gutsy, complete-game performance
for the win. The key to the game, according to Brewer manager Gary Gaszak, may
well have been the runs the Phillies failed to score in the first and second
inning – runs that could he said could have given the Phillies momentum.
Phillies leadoff man Bobby Graham was hit with a pitch to
lead off the game. Second hitter Gabe Chavez followed with a fly to right that
was misplayed putting runners on second and third with nobody out, but that's
where the threat ended as Arnold induced a pop-up to second base, an easy
come-backer, and an inning-ending fly ball to left field.The next inning was bad, but could have been much worse, Gaszak said.
A one-out single by Vernon Wells, and a walk to Frank Philips was
followed by a double from Rich Hillebrand. Another walk to Rick Jacobson set
the stage for a two-run single by Chavez, but that's where the rally ended. "If
five or six runs score that inning it's a totally different story,” Gaszak
said. "He (Arnold) held it to three and kept them there for the game,” Gaszak
In the sixth inning the Brewers struck for seven runs on
just three hits, turning a 3-1 deficit into an 8-3 lead. They added insurance
runs in the seventh on Globig's sacrifice fly, and in the eighth inning on
pinch hitter Gary Schultz' RBI single.
Phillies starter Kevin Hagan threw well, but the seventh
inning uprising, which included four errors, was too much to overcome. "That
took the air out of the sails,” said Phillies' skipper Frank Philips. "It was
just too much to overcome. Too many errors, and too many guys who were tired,”
The Phillies were champions of the 50 Wood Bat Central
division in 2011. They claimed that crown in a thrilling, 13-inning, 9-8 win
over the Houston Baseball Club at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
The Phillies went 5-1 in pool play as well and defeated the St.
Louis Cardinals 11-4 for the right to play in the title game. Tracy Nolan, Wayne Williams, and Billy von
Behren all had strong tournaments for the Phillies. Competition in the 55
Central division was "surprisingly a lot stronger than I thought it would be,”
said Philips. "We underestimated and kind of paid for it at the end,” he said.
The Brewers were 5-1 in round robin play including a 1-0
loss to the St. Louis Cardinals who won in the bottom of the ninth. They
defeated the Arkansas Diamonds 7-6 in the quarterfinals. Mike Biagioli earned
the win. Steve Barnhart had a game-winning, walk-off single with two out in the
bottom of the 10th
The Brewers scored five runs in the first inning of the
semifinal game versus the So Cal Dodgers and rolled to an 8-2 win. Mark
Holzwart threw five scoreless innings for the win. Dave Globig was 3-for-4 with
"I can't say enough about this team,” said Gaszak. "I
couldn't be happier or more proud of them,” he said of his 21-man crew. "Early on Globig had some huge hits for us,”
Gaszak said. Dan Pawelek also had some big hits and was a bull on the mound
throwing in several games. "When you
win something like this everybody pitches in,” Gaszak said.