Rockies 8, Brewers 6
Tim Redding, vying for a spot on Colorado’s staff, started and
allowed three hits and run in the Rockies’ 8-6 victory against a
Milwaukee Brewers’ split-squad Saturday.
Redding is in camp on a minor league deal. The Rockies might be
in need of a starter if Jeff Francis isn’t ready to begin the
regular season after missing all of 2009 following shoulder
Redding threw 15 of 30 pitches for strikes in two innings.
“I’ll take it. I don’t know if I’m happy with it,” Redding
said of his outing. “I wasn’t able to pound the zone as much as
I’m accustomed to. I got to be a little crisper than I was
Redding said he needed to do a better job at getting balls
inside to left-handed hitters, who got the three hits Redding
Jody Gerut and Craig Counsell, were two of the more recognizable
players in the Brewers’ lineup and each had two hits. Counsell
scored twice, and Gerut hit a windblown triple and double, reached
base on his three plate appearances and drove in three runs.
The Rockies were held hitless until Dexter Fowler, playing his
first exhibition game after missing two days of workouts earlier in
the week due to illness, led off the fourth with a double. He
scored on third baseman Joe Inglett’s two-base error on a ball hit
by Paul Lo Duca.
Jhoulys Chacin, one of the Rockies top pitching prospects,
followed Redding and gave up six ground balls in the third. But
keeping the ball out of the air didn’t pay off as Chacin yielded
three runs on three consecutive singles to open the inning. Firts
baseman Lo Duca’s fielding error at first enabled two runs to score
and was followed by Stefan Wilson’s run-scoring fielder’s
Brewers starter Chris Narverson, a left-hander who spent time in
the Rockies organization after being acquired from St. Louis in the
August 2004 trade that sent Larry Walker to the Cardinals, pitched
two hitless innings.
The Rockies closed to within one run by scoring three in the
seventh against Alex Periard. The rally began with consecutive
doubles by Hector Gomez and Matt Miller and included Mike McKenry’s
Milwaukee had extended its lead to 6-2 with a two-run fifth that
included back-to-back doubles by Carlos Gomez and Gerut, who scored
on George Kotteras’ sacrifice fly.