Win: Wade Miley (1-0)
Loss: Mike Fiers (0-1)
HR: Kubel (1), Goldschmidt (2), Hill (1)
Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph
You can't win them all but it would be nice if the Brewers could win a few.
They lost their fourth straight today and it wasn't even close. Mike Fiers start of the season was like his second half of the 2012 season, not like the first half of the season, which is definitely not what we were hoping for. Of course, his spring wasn't exactly successful, so this isn't entirely surprising.
Fiers pitched five innings today while allowing six earned runs and striking out a single batter. He gave up a run in the first inning as Aaron Hill doubled in Martin Prado, but then settled in and gave up just a single over the next two innings. Meanwhile, the Brewers gave him the lead with Norichika Aoki scoring the tying run on a sacrifice fly in the first and Jean Segura doubling in Khris Davis in the second inning.Those were the only runs the Brewers would score.
The fourth inning is when the wheels came off in the fourth inning for Fiers, however. Four straight batters got on base successfully before Fiers recorded an out. Paul Goldschmidt started the inning with a double and was followed by a Jason Kubel home run. Then Eric Chavez and Cliff Pennington hit back-to-back singles. Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin struck out, but Gerardo Parra then hit an RBI single. Khris Davis gunned down Pennington at third base on the play and Martin Prado flew out to end the inning.
Fiers gave up another two run homer in the fifth inning, this time to Paul Goldschmidt. He finished the inning, but that was it for him. It's not a promising start to his season, that's for sure. Chris Narveson pitched a clean inning to follow him and could be in line for a move back to the rotation soon if Fiers continues to struggle.
The Diamondbacks would score three more runs, all off Alfredo Figaro in two innings. Only one--an Aaron Hill solo homer--was earned. The other two came after catcher interference by Jonathan Lucroy and a throwing error from Jean Segura.
Segura at least had a good day at the plate as he went 3-4 with a double and an RBI. Norichika Aoki (2-3 with a walk and a run scored) and Lucroy (2-4) were the only other Brewers to reach base safely multiple times.
Khris Davis picked up his first major league hit today with a double in his first plate appearance. Josh Prince also made his debut, flying out to end the game.
The Brewers will try not to get swept tomorrow. Yovani Gallardo will go against Ian Kennedy with first pitch scheduled for 1:15 CT.