The Rockies beat the Brewers, 9 to 5 today. (Hey, haven't we seen that score before?) But, I have big news for everyone who didn't watch the game--and particularly for Ned Yost and his staff, in case they missed it:
Mike Rivera went 2 for 3 with a double and a home run. He didn't rack up the stats on minor leaguers either--the dinger was off Jeff Francis, the fantastic pitcher who will be leading one of my fantasy teams to a championship, and Scott Dohmann, who will be in the Rockies' pen this year. It looks like Moeller started but didn't have an at-bat--I didn't watch the game and can't tell why Chad was pulled so early. Worked out well for Rivera, though, didn't it?
It wasn't such good news for some pitchers trying to make the team: Dana Eveland gave up four runs in three innings, which merely makes it all the more likely he's headed to Nashville. Jason Kershner also gave up four runs--and he was pitching against some replacements. He gave up a dinger to Ian Stewart, who is a very promising prospect, but a minor leaguer nonetheless. While Jorge de la Rosa is still pitching for Mexico in the WBC (losing to Japan as I write this), Kershner isn't doing much to suggest that he deserves the LOOGY spot over JDLR, or that the Crew ought to carry two lefties in the pen.
Speaking of the WBC, in case you haven't noticed, I am LOVING it. Every minute. (I didn't watch Team Italy, which may have helped.) I'm not even going ballistic over the inane color commentary. Part of the beauty of it is summed by what Corey Koskie had to say:
Even though Team USA has shown signs of playing Spring Training games in the WBC, they are absolutely alone. Every other team is playing like their lives depend on it, and it makes for captivating baseball. There are plenty of imperfections in the system, but we're halfway into the tournament and I think anyone paying much attention has realized this is a winner. I'm not normally a Bud Selig cheerleader, but he deserves a pat on the back for this one.
Tomorrow's game: Doug Davis pitches for the Crew against the San Francisco Giants. Maybe Doug will strike out Barry Bonds twice...or will he stay in long enough to strike him out three times? Will Mike Rivera or Mark Johnson play Chad Moeller off the 25-man? So much drama, so little time.
Update [2006-3-14 21:52:51 by Jeff]: Ned chimes in on Mike Rivera: