Rockies 9, Brewers 8(10)
Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is nearly ready for
the bright lights of the regular season. So, too, is Colorado
Rockies veteran first baseman Todd Helton.
Both had key hits early in the Rockies’ 9-8 victory in 10
innings on Thursday.
And Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson is elated to be the
starter for the Brewers in their home opener at Miller Park on
April 4 after they open the season with three games in
Braun hit a three-run home run in the third inning, his second
of the spring, to erase Colorado’s early 1-0 deficit. Helton had a
pair of doubles, the second driving in two runs in the fifth to tie
the game at 3.
”I’m starting to find my timing and rhythm,” said Braun, who
is hitting .312 this spring after hitting .304 with 25 homers and
103 RBIs in 2010.
”It seems like a long time, but we’re getting closer to the
season,” he added. ”Another week and I should be ready.”
Braun said first-year manager Ron Roenicke has been had good
communication with the players and is flexible with their
”The communication has been incredible,” Braun said. ”He has
been very open with all of us guys who have been around three,
four, five years. We know what we need to do to get ready.”
Roenicke named the other three members of the rotation. He was
forced to tweak it when it was discovered that right-hander Zack
Greinke suffered a hairline fracture of the eighth rib on his left
side while playing pickup basketball. It is uncertain when Greinke,
the AL Cy Young Award winner with Kansas City in 2009, will be
ready to pitch.
Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will have his second straight
Opening Day start, followed by another newcomer, right-hander Shaun
Marcum, and veteran left-hander Randy Wolf.
Narveson, who was 12-9 in 37 games (28 starts) in his first full
major-league season last year, said being the starter for the
team’s home opener is important.
”It is a nice honor. There will be a packed house. I like that.
I’d like to get off to a good start,” Narveson said. ”There will
be a lot of things going on. It will be a day game and you won’t
get nervous thinking about it all day.”
He said his pitches have been improving daily, especially his
”The location of everything is getting better,” he said. ”You
look for the feel of that (consistent) release point (of the
pitch). Once you get to it, you know it.”
Mike Jacobs gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead with a run-scoring
single in the top of the ninth.
The Brewers began the ninth with four straight singles to tie
it, but could get no more as the Rockies got one out on a fielder’s
choice to the plate and an inning-ending double play.
Colorado scored three runs in the 10th on a pair of sacrifice
flies and a base hit, and the Brewers scored twice in the 10th on a
single by Chris Dickerson and a double by George Kottaras.
Notes: Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks hit a two-out single in the third
and then was removed from the game as a precautionary measure with
tightness in his groin. He is day-to-day. … Rockies CF Willy
Taveras had three hits and stole three bases. He is hitting .348