Zach Braddock's Rough Spring Continues, Brewers Rally In Ninth To Beat Mariners 5-4

W: Sean Green (1-0)
L: Fabio Castro (0-1)
S: Pat Egan (2)

HR: Brendan Ryan (1)

I think it might be time to start worrying about Zach Braddock.

The Brewers were leading 4-1 when Braddock entered the game in the seventh, but it only took him three batters to change that. He allowed a single, an HBP and a three run home run to tie the game before recording an out. He also allowed the first three batters he faced on Monday to reach, in similar fashion. He's now allowed five earned runs on four hits, two HBP and a walk in his last two innings of work, and his spring ERA has reached 11.37. Perhaps more troubling is the fact that he's struck out just three in 6.1 innings of work.

Fortunately, the Brewer bats were able to get them over the hump. Luis Cruz singled in the ninth inning, was bunted over, advanced on a sac fly and scored on Jeremy Reed's single to plate the winning run.

Earlier in the night Rickie Weeks was a doubles machine, connecting for two-baggers in each of his first three plate appearances against top Mariners prospect Michael Pineda. Weeks is now hitting .448 this spring, and tonight's doubles were his second, third and fourth of the spring. 

Meanwhile, Yovani Gallardo continued to look good. Tonight he allowed one run on just three hits over 4.2 innings, walking one and striking out three. He needed 74 pitches to get through the outing and ran into his pitch limit without finishing the fifth, but he's still got a couple more starts to work on that before Opening Day.

Tonight's other notes:

  • Ryan Braun got two ABs tonight before being lifted for a pinch hitter, and went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.
  • Milton Bradley is in midseason form. He was called out on strikes in the third inning and ejected for arguing.
  • Mat Gamel was the DH for the second straight day, and drove in a run with a fourth inning single.
  • 2000-02 Brewer Jamey Wright pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning for the Mariners.
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