Brewers rally to oust D-backs

13 03 2008

The Brewers had to come from behind to beat the Diamondbacks, but they proved that they were more than up to the challenge.  Milwaukee scored 5 runs in the 8th inning to win the game, 8-6.

Records: Brewers (10-6); Diamondbacks (6-10-1)

Batting

Ricky Weeks and Corey Hart continued to struggle today.  Together, they put together a stellar 0-10 effort with 5 strike outs.  I figured that some of the regulars would not see the ball early in the season, but this is becoming borderline ridiculous.  Say it’s Spring Training all you want, they are not where they need to be.  Both players will have to step up and in a hurry.

On the other side of the coin, Alcides Escobar kept up his hot hitting.  He went 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored.  He’s now hitting .375 this spring, so the Brewers organization has to love what they’re seeing from the “defensive whiz” at short.  Joe Dillon also had a fine outing, going 1-1 with a two-run homer in the 8th inning to lead the rally.  Vinny Rottino continued his effort to take the backup catching role for the Brewers.  After going 2-4 with a walk and two runs scored, he is making a very strong case to make the big league squad.

Pitching

Jeff Suppan struggled mightily on the mound today.  Pitching 3 innings and giving up 7 hits, 3 walks, and 6 earned runs would not be considered a strong outing by any stretch of the imagination.  Ned Yost said that he though Jeff threw the ball well today, but I just don’t believe it.  Soup admitted that he did not have the command he needed today.  Big shocker right there.  He needs to step it up too.  The Brewers may not have signed him expecting to get an ace, but they’re paying to get more than this.  Jeff also took a line drive off his shoulder and had to leave the game in the 4th inning.  It’s considered a minor injury, and he’ll be ready to go in 5 days.

Non-roster invitee, Chris Narveson, continued to impress today.  He pitched three innings of shutout ball, giving up one hit and striking out two.  He’s going to be one to watch in Triple-A this season.  Brian Shouse and Luis Pena also pitched one inning a piece, neither pitching giving up a run.  I’m beginning to wonder if Luis actually has a chance to make the big league bullpen this season.  He’s been lights out this spring.

On Tap

Claudio Vargas is slated to take the mound for the Crew tomorrow against the San Diego Padres.  The Brewers will travel to Peoria, AZ to play the game.  It is scheduled to start at 9:05pm CT.  Quite the late one for us here in the midwest.

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