Brewers 5, Padres 4

The Milwaukee Brewers were excited about their starting pitching

when they acquired Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum in offseason

trades to go with incumbent Yovani Gallardo.

Greinke only made two starts before it was discovered that he

had a broken rib, sustained during a pickup basketball game. Marcum

was shut down for nearly two weeks after experiencing shoulder

tightness in a start against the Chicago White Sox on March 17.

Many of the team’s fears were eased on Monday when Marcum


Marcum pitched four innings, giving up three runs and four hits

as a Brewers split-squad beat the San Diego Padres 5-4. Ryan Braun

hit two homers and Rickie Weeks added another for Milwaukee.

Marcum will be throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday as he

prepares for his first start of the regular season Saturday against

the Reds in Cincinnati. The Brewers will open against the Reds on

Thursday with Gallardo on the mound, then have Friday off.

”There was none of the tightness I had before and the ball was

coming out of my hand pretty good,” said Marcum, who was 13-8 for

Toronto in 2010. ”I felt good, except for the home runs The first

50 pitches, I felt good, then I got tired.

”I wasn’t really worried about the shoulder,” he said. ”A lot

of people go through tightness and soreness early in the


Marcum gave up homers to Will Venable and Brad Hawpe.

Brewers first-year manager Ron Roenicke said he felt a bit

uneasy about Marcum after the pitcher’s initial discomfort, but

felt much better recently after watching Marcum throw a bullpen


”I don’t think his location was where it normally is, but he

got in the work,” Roenicke said. ”He still made some pretty good

pitches up in the zone. It is kind of a relief when you see him out

there. You never know until he gets in the game.”

Roenicke also saw the debut of right-hander Sergio Mitre,

acquired in a trade on March 25 from the New York Yankees for

outfielder Chris Dickerson. Mitre is expected to be used as a

starter and a long reliever.

Mitre entered the game in the top of the fifth and promptly

walked the first hitter, Cedric Hunter, on four pitches. He got

Kyle Blanks to hit into a double play, but gave up Venable’s second

homer of the game as the Padres cut the lead to 5-4.

”He was a little inconsistent with those four straight balls,”

Roenicke said. ”He usually throws a really nice sinker. He can be

tough to hit.”

Mitre pitched 2 2-3 innings, giving up three hits, walking two

and striking out one. It had been nearly a week (March 22) since he

pitched in a game for the Yankees.

”I felt good, but it felt different, in a different uniform,”

Mitre said. ”I am just trying to get in the flow of things. It is

good to get that first one out of the way.”

NOTES: Brewers LHP Zach Braddock pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings

after being stung by a scorpion at his home on Saturday. … The

team was still waiting for the arrival of OF Nyjer Morgan after

getting him in a trade with Washington on Sunday. … Takashi Saito

pitched an inning for the save. … Hawpe, expected to be the

primary 1B for the Padres, had a pair of hits to raise his average

to .366.