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Brewers Get Walk-Off Win On Suicide Squeeze

The Brewers beat the Giants in spectacular fashion on Saturday afternoon thanks to a walk-off win on a suicide squeeze.

Set up by back-to-back base hits from Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, catcher Jonathan Lucroy's bunt plated Braun and finished off Giants reliever Guillermo Mota in a 3-2 Brewers victory.

The victory snapped the Brewers' five-game losing streak to the Giants and was in front off a sold-out crowd at Miller Park.

Via MLB.com

Giants' Crawford Hits Grand Slam In Debut

Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam in his first game as a big leaguer, giving the Giants the lead in a 5-4 victory over the Brewers on Friday, according to an ESPN.com report.

Tim Lincecum earned the win, giving up three runs in seven innings.

Via ESPN.com

Hoarding Mars Brewers Promotion

About 1,400 lawn ornament statues depicting "Bernie Brewer," the Brewers' affable, mustachioed mascot, were hidden in Milwaukee and other Wisconsin cities early Tuesday morning, some with tickets, prizes and player autographs attached.

The team had used social media to give fans clues about where they might find the statues so they could claim one early Tuesday morning.

The Brewers probably weren't expecting early morning fan stakeouts,

Internet auctions and isolated reports of lawn-ornament hoarding. It didn't take long before social networking websites were buzzing with complaints about fans staking out workers and snapping up the statues as soon as they were hidden.

Via Associated Press

RealGM's MLB Team Rankings Through 5/20/11

The Opsera is a statistic RealGM's Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA).

In order to determine a team's Opsera, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract the team's ERA from that number.

Below are the final rankings through Thursday, May 19th's games: Last week's ranking is in parenthesizes

1. (1) St. Louis Cardinals - 4.36

The Cardinals rank first in runs, batting average and on-base percentage. Those numbers could fall if Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman missed an extended period of time.

2. (2) New York Yankees - 4.18

They lost six-straight prior to their current three-game run, but their struggling percentage (1st, .446) and runs (3rd, 218) have kept them afloat.

3. (5) Cleveland Indians - 4.13

Cleveland ranks in the top ten in the four main hitting and pitching categories. Many still expect them to fall, but more than a quarter of the way through the season they are still running away with the AL Central.

4. (6) Atlanta Braves - 4.07

The Braves are staying alive in the NL East thanks to their exceptional pitching staff. Their 2.91 ERA is second behind only the Athletics, while they are tops in terms of WHIP (1.10) and batting average-against (.221).

5. (9) Oakland Athletics - 3.73

Oakland is the AL's version of Atlanta -- almost entirely pitching.

6. (8) Florida Marlins - 3.72

Gaby Sanchez (.317/.400/.509) continues to keep the Marlins afloat while Hanley Ramirez tries to work out of his slump.

7. (3) Philadelphia Phillies - 3.67

They are who we thought they were. The Phillies are hitting .247/.313/.367 as a team, while their pitching has been stellar.

T8. (7) Tampa Bay Rays - 3.66

The Rays can be better offensively, which they'll likely need as their pitches hit the heart of the AL East schedule.

-- (10) Texas Rangers - 3.66

A lot has worked out for the Rangers this season (Michael Young, Adrian Beltre and Alexi Ogando), but their injuries offset the good fortune.

10. (4) Los Angeles Angels - 3.58

Jered Weaver has lost four straight decisions after starting the season 6-0 and the Angels have dropped nine of their last 12 contests. Dan Haren, who has been brilliant, is 0-2 in his last six starts despite allowing more than two earned runs just once.

11. (15) Toronto Blue Jays - 3.57

12. (13) Cincinnati Reds - 3.47

13. (11) San Francisco Giants - 3.45

14. (18) Milwaukee Brewers - 3.39

15. (16) Colorado Rockies - 3.28

16. (17) New York Mets - 3.25

17. (22) Arizona Diamondbacks - 3.24

18. (21) Boston Red Sox - 3.20

19. (19) Detroit Tigers - 3.19

20. (14) San Diego Padres - 3.16

21. (23) Chicago White Sox - 2.96

22. (20) Pittsburgh Pirates - 2.94

T23. (12) Kansas City Royals - 2.88

-- (26) Chicago Cubs - 2.88

25. (25) Washington Nationals - 2.78

26. (24) Los Angeles Dodgers - 2.74

27. (27) Seattle Mariners - 2.69

28. (28) Baltimore Orioles - 2.47

29. (29) Houston Astros - 2.02

30. (30) Minnesota Twins - 1.41

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM.com

Braun Leaves Game With Sore Shoulder

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun left Thursday night's game against the Padres in the fifth inning with soreness in his left shoulder.

He flied out to right field for the final out of the fifth inning. Carlos Gomez then came into the game in center field in the bottom of the inning.

Braun leads the National League with 12 home runs.

Via Associated Press

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