Brewers fall to Rockies 8-6 in split squad action

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) 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.

Updated March 6, 2010