Ben Sheets may have won the battle of the aces against Felix Hernandez early in the game, but the Milwaukee Brewers were unable to pull out the victory against the Mariners. The Crew only managed two hits in the game and lost 5-2.
Records: Milwaukee (4-4); Seattle (4-3)
The Brewers struggles mightily at the plate today. They only managed two hits and did not draw a single walk against the Mariner pitchers today. Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks both socked home runs off of Felix Hernandez early in the game, but those were the only hits all day for the Brewers. That’s simply an awful day at the ballpark for the hitters today.
Corey Hart continued to slump at the dish. He was 0-2 with two strikeouts today. Let’s just hope that he’s progressing slowly this spring and that he’ll turn it on in a couple weeks. Matt LaPorta struggled for the first time in a Brewers uniform today, going 0-3 with a strikeout. Nothing to worry about here, just something to note.
Ben Sheets cruised again in his three inning stint. He gave up only two hits in those three innings and struck out three. It’s been great to see Benny throwing the ball so well in Phoenix. He’s been notorious in the past couple seasons for struggling in the Arizona dry-heat.
Zach Jackson got saddled with the loss today. He gave up three runs, but they were all unearned thanks to Rickie Week’s third error of the spring. Rickie needs to pick it up defensively at the second base position if the Brewers are going to compete in the NL Central this season. He’s continued to improve every season, but this is not a good sign for things to come in ’08.
Derrick Turnbow and Eric Gagne both threw scoreless innings for the Crew today. Derrick continued his fine pitching this spring, and it is nice to see Eric perhaps get a little more comfortable in a Brewers uniform. It’s way too early to tell, but it’s still a good sign. Mitch Stetter gave up a two-out, two-run home run in the 8th inning that put the game out of reach for the Crew. From the sounds of it, Mitch did not pitch too badly for the most part. He simply made a bad pitch with two outs. Still, his struggles this spring thus far make it unlikely that he’ll make the Opening Day roster. There’s plenty of time though.
On a defensive note, Jason Kendall threw out the M’s second baseman, Willie Bloomquist on a strike ‘em out-throw ‘em out play. It may seem rather insignificant, but Kendall showed some people that he can throw out a runner at second base. Perhaps Yost’s “mechanical adjustment” is making a difference already. Wouldn’t that be nice?
The Brewers will have a rematch with the Texas Rangers tomorrow at 2:05pm CT. Ned Yost will change up the schedule a bit and start Carlos Villanueva, with Chris Capuano also pitching to get his work in.