Doubles galore in Brewers win

5 03 2008

The Brewers moved over .500 in Spring Training today with a 12-6 win over the Texas Rangers.

Batting

Craig Counsell lead the Brewers today, going 2-3 with 3 RBIs and a run to spark the Brewers to a 9-0 start.  It was very impressive to see Craig come out and see the ball well, especially since fans were beginning to wonder whether or not he can help enough offensively to make the team.

Bill Hall and Gabe Kapler both had a very nice day as well.  Bill went 2-4 with 2 runs and an RBI, while Gabe finished 1-2 with a two-RBI double.  Gabe has seen the ball very well the last couple days.

Pitching

Manny Parra pitched extremely well today.  He went 3 innings, gave up 2 hits, no runs, no walks, and four strikeouts.  Tom Haudricourt said that Manny Parra looked very, very good.  He’s been my favorite candidate for the 5th spot, but he’s beginning to try to kick that door to the starting rotation open.  I don’t think that Yost can keep him out of the rotation if he continues to pitch like he did today.

Dave Bush, on the other hand, struggled today.  He cruised through his first two innings, but he hit a wall after that.  Bush gave up five runs in the 6th inning, even though only three of those runs were earned.  In five innings of work this Spring Training, Bush has given up six earned runs and 10 hits.  He’ll need to pitch better than that to make the starting rotation.

Other than the two starters, David Riske struggled a bit, giving up three hits and a run, but Guillermo Mota and Randy Choate have continued their fine pitching.  Neither of them have given up a run this spring.  Perhaps Mota is not as bad as we all thought?

Records: Milwaukee (4-3); Texas (4-3-1)

On Tap

Milwaukee will play the Seattle Mariners tomorrow.  It will be a battle between Felix Hernandez and Ben Sheets.  It should be a fun game for the first few innings.

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