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
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
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
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
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 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