Brewers 10, Giants 8
Catcher Gregg Zaun kept up his solid spring with a two-run
double and Milwaukee beat the San Francisco Giants 10-8 on
Brewers starter Jeff Suppan gave up four solo home runs.
The game was played in front of a second straight sellout crowd
of 12,000 at Scottsdale Stadium, including commissioner Bud Selig,
a former owner of the Brewers.
On Dec. 4, Zaun signed as a free agent with the Brewers. They
are his ninth team, and it has been a good fit thus far.
“I like it here. We have a great mix of young guys and veteran
guys,” Zaun said. “That’s what you need. We have guys like Soupy
(Suppan), myself, Jim Edmonds, Craig Counsell, with Hoffy (Trevor
Hoffman) taking care of the bullpen.”
Zaun is 8 for 19 (.421) with a home run and his eight RBIs are
tied for the team lead, matching shortstop Alcides Escobar.
“I’m very comfortable with my swing,” said Zaun, a
He attributes the consistency to some changes in his hitting
approach that he implemented in May of last season and said he had
a better second half, which he split between Baltimore and Tampa
“I continued to do it when I started swinging again in the
offseason. I want to make my swing as simple as possible,” Zaun
It is possible that Zaun could catch at least 100 games, and
that means remaining healthy.
“I take a lot better care of myself now than when I was 28,”
he said. “Sometimes you take that stuff for granted when you’re
young. I’m a little smarter now.”
Suppan is coming off a season in which he finished 7-12 in 30
starts, the 11th straight season in which he started that many
games. He also spent nearly a month on the disabled list with a
strained left oblique.
He gave up home runs to Aaron Rowand and Aubrey Huff in the
first inning and Fred Lewis and Nate Schierholtz in the fourth.
Suppan won’t refrain from throwing a higher strike if he feels
it is necessary.
“I’m not saying I’m going to throw four-seamers (fastballs) up
all the time, but you do have to change up on the eye level,”
He threw a lot from the stretch against the Giants. When he
threw from the stretch in a previous game against the Chicago Cubs,
he said he did not feel comfortable, but he felt more so on
“I am trying to build on the spring, working on the curveball
and changing speeds,” he said.
Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez entered the game without
allowing any runs in five innings. On Sunday, he gave up six earned
runs and three hits with five walks in two innings.
NOTES: Brewers reliever Chris Smith entered the game with two
outs in the seventh inning and picked off Buster Posey at first
base without throwing a pitch. He also pitched a scoreless eighth.
… The Giants play split-squad night games on the road against
Texas and San Diego on Monday. … Rowand has been scratched from
the game against the Padres in order to rest a strained quadriceps.
… Infielders Edgar Renteria and Juan Uribe also will get the