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Brewers blow 9-2 lead against Marlins, win 13-12 in 10 innings

Jul 3, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

Aramis Ramirez walkoff

Bob Brenly, eat your heart out.

Aramis Ramirez, already with a two-run double on the day, played the hero in a wild game Tuesday, hitting a two-run homer off Heath Bell with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to give the Brewers a 13-12 win over the Marlins.

The victory would have been huge for the Marlins’ morale, having overcome a 9-2 deficit with nine runs in the seventh and eighth innings. They took a 12-11 lead when Jose Reyes homered off Livan Hernandez in the 10th, but Bell couldn’t hold it. He was charged with his fifth blown save and fourth loss in the game.

Hernandez, incidently, picked up his 176th career win. One wonders if it might not be his last, given his struggles in mop-up roles for the Braves and Brewers this year. He’s allowed runs in three of his four appearances since signing with Milwaukee.

Bell seemed to have his problems ironed out a couple of weeks ago, but today’s outing follows on the heels of a June 25 appearance in which he blew a four-run lead. Technically, it wasn’t a blown save — he hadn’t had one of those since May 5 — but it was a disastrous performance in what ended up being a Marlins loss.

Even with that one on the books, though, he entered today with 13 scoreless outings in his previous 14 appearances, suggesting that he’ll continue to hold down the closer’s role for the Marlins.

The win for the Brewers was their fourth in a row, giving them a 38-42 record. As weak as the NL Central is, they can’t be counted out just yet. It looks like Zack Greinke will be staying put at least a little longer.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Brewer bullpen is just awful.

  2. riverace19 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    The Marlins are overly complicated with glitz and no substance… Very similar to their tribute-to-psychedelic-drugs statue in centerfield at Marlins Park.

    • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      His name is Tommy. Get it right.

      Although much of the blame will be dumped on Heath Bell’s plate, the Feesh played awful defense yet again, allowing four unearned runs. Not to be outdone by his good pal the Hanster, who made two critical errors last night, Jose Reyes made a couple of his own tonight. The starter, Anibal Sanchez, who gave up five earned runs and six total. Notwithstanding the middle relievers who allowed all of their inherited runners to score, and gave up five runs, three unearned.

      And Aramis Ramirez has keeled the Feesh with his bat and his glove the last two games, making a pair of great plays at third yesterday that saved the Brewers a couple of runs and probably the game, and then crushing that beachball of a pitch by Bell tonight. When Ramirez was made available by the Cubs during the orfseason I wrote here on several occasions that with the Cubs asking for Tweeter in other trade discussions, the Feesh ought to move the Hanster to the outfield, unload Tweeter and make a deal for Ramirez at third. The Rainbow Warriors’ notochord trust insisted on keeping the Hanster at third and keeping Mantis Man in left.

      Second worst loss of the season for the Feesh, exceeded in ignominy only by that blown four run lead in the ninth against the Cardinals last week.

  3. ermur22 - Jul 4, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Marlins suck…all the money in the world would not make those uni’s look good and the stadium is a joke.

  4. bla bla bla - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Another hangdog performance by the Brewers’ pen.

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