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