Mat Gamel is ready.
The phrase "Best Shape of His Life" gets thrown around a lot at this time of year. For Mat Gamel, it is no exaggeration.
Mat Gamel hit a home run in back-to-back at bats to lead the Brewers to a win today. His first home run was a grand slam in the third inning, giving the Brewers a 6-0 lead. He then followed it up with a solo shot in the sixth inning to increase the lead to 7-4.
In the game, nine of the Brewers runs were scored by the long ball. Gamel accounted for five of those, while Carlos Gomez hit a three-run shot (his second straight day with a home run) in the sixth and Alex Gonzalez contributed with a solo shot in the third. The other run came from a Nyjer Morgan bunt single in the third to score Carlos Gomez. All of the runs were scored off of Padres starting pitcher Tim Stauffer (six) and closer Huston Street (four).
It was another rough outing for Chris Narveson. He pitched three clean innings to start the day, but allowed seven runs over the last 2+ innings, though only three were earned. Errors by Aramis Ramirez and Josh Prince allowed the other runs to score.
Manny Parra pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three. Jose Veras also pitched a clean inning. John Axford came in for the ninth inning and allowed one hit, but recorded his first save of the spring.
The Brewers play their final home game of the spring tomorrow at Maryvale against the Giants at 3:05 PM. If they don't reach an agreement with Maryvale, it could be their last home game there ever.