WP: Eric Stults (2-2)
LP: Wile E. Peralta, Super Pitcher (2-1)
S: Sean O'Sullivan (1)
HR: Donnie Murphy (2), Cody Ransom (4), Yonder Alonso (5)
The Brewers dropped their fourth game in a row, and now have won only twice in their last 12. Good thing these games are meaningless! Ha ha!
The Padres scored single runs in each of the first two innings to stake the Padres to a 2-0 lead. After that the teams traded two-run innings in the third and fifth, and, well, there we are. Donnie Murphy hit his second homer in as many games, and he, Aoki and Blake Davis, who is also a Brewer, doubled. On the mound, Wily Peralta gave up six run and 13 baserunners in five and a third innings. Ugh. You know, let's just go to the second game.
Brewers 7, Rockies 5
WP: Hiram Burgos (1-1)
LP: Matt Belisle (0-1)
S: Jim Henderson (1)
This game looked awfully familiar, when the Brewer opponents scored in each of the first two innings to take a two-run lead before the Brewers tied it up in the third. That's where the similarities end, though, as the Cream City Crushers piled on five runs in the sixth inning and held on to a 7-5 win. This was a small-ball win: the Brewers cranked out nine singles and two doubles in the first six innings.
The bigger story, though, is starter Mark Rogers. According to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy, an NL scout previewing the game noted that Rogers' fastball was hitting 85 to 89 MPH with "limited life." This dead arm only complicates Mark Rogers future, which may be in the rotation, in the bullpen, on the DL, in the minors or on another team entirely. (See the mlb.com article for details.) On the plus side, Alfredo Figaro was reported hitting 96 on the radar gun, making a strong case to break with the team next week.
These teams meet again on Opening Day April 1. Tomorrow, Chris Narveson takes the mound against Bartolo Colon and the As.