W: Dave Bush
L: Jeremy Sowers
This must be what it's like to face Jeff Suppan.
The Brewers scored four in the first inning and five more in the second today, ending the day early for Jeremy Sowers, who allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits and two walks in an inning of work. Jim Edmonds and George Kottaras each picked up hits in their first two at bats: Edmonds drove in five runs with his, and Kottaras hit his third home run of the spring. Kottaras was scheduled to come to the plate in the ninth needing a triple for the cycle, but was pinch hit for.
All told, the Brewers had eight hits in the first two innings, and managed just four after that. Casey McGehee also reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Jody Gerut's ninth inning RBI double saved him from an 0-for-4 day.
On the mound, Dave Bush became the first Brewer to pitch six innings in a game this spring, allowing a run on five hits and three walks, striking out one. He only faced three batters in the first, fifth and sixth innings, but had to work out of bases loaded jams in the third and fourth.
John Axford, Chris Smith and Carlos Villanueva followed Bush to the mound. Axford allowed a run on two hits in the seventh, Smith worked a perfect eighth and Villanueva closed out the win with a perfect ninth.