Brewers 10, Padres 7

Milwaukee has an opening at first base, and Mat Gamel is making

the most of the opportunity.

Gamel hit a grand slam and a solo homer Saturday, leading the

Brewers to a 10-7 victory over a split-squad of San Diego


Gamel, who is expected to replace departed slugger Prince

Fielder, hit a drive to right against Tim Stauffer during

Milwaukee’s six-run third inning. Three innings later, Gamel added

a solo shot off closer Huston Street.

”I’m excited to break with the big club and be a part of it

all,” said Gamel, who has appeared in 85 games in parts of four

major league seasons. ”It’s been a tough club to make the last

couple of seasons, especially with the positions I play. I never

really produced when I came off the bench so that was out of the


When Fielder signed a $214 million contract with Detroit in

January, it was widely assumed Gamel would have an opportunity to

win the job. A fourth-round draft pick in 2005, Gamel hit .310 with

28 homers and 96 RBIs at Triple-A Nashville last season.

Though he hasn’t officially learned he will make the club, Gamel

has done nothing to hurt his chances of making the opening-day

roster. Gamel leads Milwaukee with six homers and 14 RBIs this


”He’s working hard,” manager Ron Roenicke said. ”He got

himself in great shape coming in and he knows the job is there for

him. He’s dedicated himself enough to where I think he has put

himself in position where he has a good chance at having a good

year. He’s worked hard on a different setup in his batting stance

and I think it’s working well.”

Alex Gonzalez and Carlos Gomez also homered for the Brewers. NL

MVP Ryan Braun went 2 for 3 to raise his average to .216.

”You look at his last seven at-bats and six have been stung,”

Roenicke said of Braun.

Stauffer, San Diego’s likely opening-day starter, allowed six

runs and seven hits in five innings, but manager Bud Black saw some

good signs during the 81-pitch outing.

”He hung in there,” Black said. ”He had the rough inning. But

I thought his stuff was a little better, which was a good


Street, who takes over for departed free agent Heath Bell in the

closer’s role, also had a rough inning. Street, who was acquired

from the Colorado Rockies for a minor leaguer in November, allowed

four runs.

Padres outfielder Jesus Guzman hit a three-run homer off Chris

Narveson, who gave up seven runs, five earned, and seven hits in

five innings.

Nyjer Morgan went 1 for 2 with an RBI for the Brewers.

Chris Denorfia and Kyle Blanks each had two hits for San