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

surgery.

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

today.”

Redding said he needed to do a better job at getting balls

inside to left-handed hitters, who got the three hits Redding

yielded.

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

choice.

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

one-out single.

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.