Brewers 5, Mariners 4
The Bucks went into overtime last night and I was out like a light before the Brewers-Mariners game showed up on TV. (I suppose I need to start training to stay up a bit later before the start of the season. Don’t want to drop off on the air during an early April night game).
Ex-Rattlers in the game:
Martin Maldonado (’09): 1-for-1
Michael Pineda (’08): 4IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K
Matt Tuiasosopo (’05): 0-for-1
Michael Saunders (’06): 0-for-1
The Mariners are hoping to have Michael Pineda make their starting five coming out of spring training and a big part of that will be his ability to command his secondary pitches.
Pineda had a rough start tonight, but his slider was working throughout his four innings and his change-up really improved over his latter two frames.
“He was up a little bit, but more importantly he got back down,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “The way he was using his secondary stuff, it was as good as we’ve seen it all spring.”
Wedge said Pineda’s change-up versus lefties is a good pitch for him.
“It’s something where he continues to gain more and more confidence with it,” Wedge said.
So, what was most improved about it tonight?
“You just look at the swings,” he said. “You look at the reaction of hitters. Hitters can always tell you so much. You look at whether they’re taking a pitch, or whether they’re swinging, or maybe just a little reaction up there. I think we saw all that tonight with Michael.”