Thanks to a dramatic victory and some early signs of explosiveness from their offense, the Arizona Diamondbacks have to feel good about their start to the season. Having Wade Miley take the mound for their next outing doesn't hurt.
After winning the longest home game in franchise history, the Diamondbacks hand the ball to Miley for his 2013 debut as they open a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night at Miller Park.
Arizona (2-1) beat St. Louis 10-9 on Wednesday when Cliff Pennington's walk-off single plated Jason Kubel in the 16th inning. The Diamondbacks came from behind to either tie or take the lead four times in the 5-hour, 32-minute battle.
"This is the kind of game you remember as the season goes," said Pennington, who had three hits. "Two weeks from now, if we find ourselves down by four in the sixth, it will be like we have done this before."
The Diamondbacks have totaled 16 runs and 32 hits 12 for extra bases in their two victories. Five of those extra-base hits came from leadoff man Gerardo Parra, who is 8 for 16. Newcomer Martin Prado has a team-high four RBIs, and Miguel Montero has at least one hit and one RBI in all three games.
If last season's performance is any indication, Miley shouldn't need a huge day from the lineup. He went 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA as a rookie in 2012, topping the team in wins, leading the starters in ERA and becoming Arizona's lone All-Star representative.
Miley is not focusing on living up to his strong rookie campaign.
"Why think about that?" he told the team's official website. "That's my answer. Why even put more pressure on yourself? I just want to go out and pitch. I'm not going to try and do what I did last year. I'm going to go out and pitch and try to help my team win every five days. I'm just going to pitch like I've done my whole life."
The Brewers, though, might enjoy seeing last year's Miley. The left-hander went 1-1 with a 10.24 ERA in two starts against Milwaukee (1-2). He gave up a career-high eight runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 10-2 loss at Miller Park on June 30.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, 4 for 10 with a home run and four RBIs this season, homered off Miley twice in that last meeting.
Braun went 2 for 2 with two walks, a run and an RBI on Wednesday, but the Brewers fell 7-3 to Colorado.
Milwaukee, which fell 8-4 a day earlier, served up eight homers in the series with the Rockies and allowed at least 12 hits in all three games.
"We need to pitch better as starters and as relievers," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We got to get ahead of people. I know it's early, but we still need to pitch better."
Roenicke now hands the ball to Kyle Lohse. The right-hander was 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts for St. Louis last season, but he waited until last week to sign a three-year, $33 million contract with the Brewers and missed most of spring training.
"I did everything in my control to get ready for this," he said. "I went out there and threw to college kids, and I know it's not the same as big league competition, but I was out there doing the same thing I always do to get ready."
Lohse is 3-2 with a 4.48 ERA in 10 career starts against the Diamondbacks, but he dominated them last season, going 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA in two starts.
These teams split six meetings in 2012.