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First of all, the Timber Rattlers played their first game of Spring Training on Friday down in Arizona. That’s not entirely true. There is no guarantee that the players on this Timber Rattlers roster will be on the roster when the regular season starts…BUT! HEY! TIMBER RATTLERS WIN!
The starting pitcher was Austin Ross. His line: 4IP, 3H, R, 0ER, 0BB, K
NOTE: I will be down in Arizona from March 24-29. I will be filing reports each evening on TimberRattlers.com. Additionally, I will be at the Timber Rattlers games on March 25 (v. Cincinnati), 26 (v. Cleveland), & 27 (@ San Diego). There is also (probably) an intrasquad game scheduled on March 28. The plan is to update you live on my twitter account @CMehring during the games.
Also at the link are boxscores of the other Brewers minor league teams. Check on the progress of former Rattlers players.
A couple of photos on this rainy Sunday:
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.”
Sunday’s game between the Royals and the Brewers involved a bunch of players involved in “The Trade”.
Sean Halton (’10): 1-for-1, BB
Wily Peralta (’09): 3.2IP, 5H, R, BB, K, WIN
Cody Scarpetta (’09): IP, 2H, R
Lorenzo Cain (’09): 1-for-3
Jeremy Jeffress (’10): IP, H, R, 2BB, K
Jeffress allowed one hit, two walks, two runs and threw two wild pitches in a trying third inning against his former franchise. He was Milwaukee’s first-round Draft pick in 2006.
“It’s just a game, man, you’ve got to go in and do your job on the field,” Jeffress said. “It was just one of those days I couldn’t find the strike zone a little bit.”
He took some good-natured ribbing from former teammates.
“Some of the guys over there were trying to say stuff a little bit, but it’s all love,” Jeffress said.
“It’s so good to see the guys and see everybody’s faces.”
The Brewers play the Giants this afternoon.
In other news, six players in the big league camp were optioned to the minor league camp after the game.
The Brewers moved six players off the big league camp roster, including one potential fifth starter candidate, in the first round of cuts on Sunday.
That fifth starter candidate is right-hander Amaury Rivas, who was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. He was one of the players mentioned as a potential fill-in for Zack Greinke, who will miss the start of the season with a cracked rib.
The Brewers also optioned pitchers Dan Merklinger and Cody Scarpetta to Double-A Huntsville and returned pitchers Robert Hinton and Roque Mercedes and catcher Anderson De La Rosa to Minor League camp.
The first Minor League full-squad workout was Sunday, but all six players were given until Tuesday to report.
The item on the roster moves is at the bottom of this Adam McCalvy notebook, which you should read in full as it touches on Takashi Saito, the starter in yesterday’s game. Saito is from Japan and has family members and friends unaccounted for after the earthquake and tsunami in his homeland.
Ex-Rattlers for the Brewers in that game:
Dan Merlinkger (’09): IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
Cody Scarpetta (’09): IP, 2H, R, 0BB, K
Michael Fiers (’09): .2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
Milwaukee is playing the Athletics today at 2:05pm CST. Yovani Gallardo is on the mound to start the game. No word on any former Rattlers on the big league roster for today. Check the Timber Rattlers twitter account later today. Or, listen in on the Brewers free live webcast when the game starts.
Milwaukee lost a pair of Cactus League games on Sunday.
The majority of ex-Rattlers were in the game against Oakland.
Scooter Gennett (’10): 1-for-2, 2B, RBI
Carlos George (’10): 1-for-1, RUN, RBI
Erik Komatsu (’09): 1-for-1, RUN
Carlos Maldonado (’09): 0-for-1
Dan Merklinger (’09): IP, 3H, 3R, 2BB, K
Brian Fuentes (’97): IP, 2H, 0R, 3K
Hunter Morris (’10): 0-for-1
D’Vontrey Richardson (’10): 0-for-1
The split-squad Giants struck early by batting around and scoring five runs in the first inning against Brewers right-hander Tim Dillard. Pat Burrell started the rally with an RBI single after Aubrey Huff doubled before Mark DeRosa plated two runs with a double off the right-field wall. Then it was Belt’s turn, and he delivered with a towering two-run blast to right field to give the Giants a five-run lead, which was plenty for the Giants’ pitching staff.
Ex-Rattlers in the game for the Brewers:
Martin Maldonado (’09): 1-for-1, RBI
Hunter Morris (’10): 0-for-1
Milwaukee hosts the Angels today at 2:05pm CST.
Nice comeback for the Brewers yesterday. They trailed the Athletics 7-0 after the top of the second inning. Milwaukee rallied for the win in dramatic — well, as dramatic as an early March Cactus League game can be — fashion.
Minor-league catcher Anderson De La Rosa created a fond memory of his first big-league camp by socking a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to erase a 9-8 deficit and win the game. A veteran of seven minor-league seasons in the Brewers’ organization, De La Rosa said he never had socked a walk-off homer. The Brewers, who trailed, 7-0, in the second inning, also received home runs from Ryan Braun, Casey McGehee (third in two days), Erick Almonte and Mike Rivera.
The only ex-Rattler to play in the game for the Brewers yesterday was Scooter Gennett. Scooter, who will be up next in The Interrogation Room, went 1-for-2 in the game. That one hit was a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to put runners on first and third. De La Rosa was next and hit the game-winning home run.
The Brewers take on San Francisco today at 2:05pm CST. I have not seen which former Rattlers will be on the roster for the Crew today. However, former Rattler rehabber Jeff Suppan is scheduled to start for the Giants. You can listen on WTMJ or on MLB.com.
The Brewers won their Cactus League game with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. The Crew picked up a 3-2 victory.
While most of the stories are focused on the first Zach Greinke appearance in a Brewers uniform, I couldn’t help but notice Hunter Morris (’10) picked up a lead-off triple in the top of the ninth.
Unfortunately, the Brewers botched a suicide squeeze one out later, but…still…nice for Morris.
Ex-Rattlers in then game:
Martin Maldonado: 0-for-1
A note on Maldonado, I heard Brian Anderson on the web broadcast of the game yesterday and he pronounced the first name of the former Rattler as Mar-teen. Good to know.
Meanwhile over with the White Sox:
Matt Thornton (’00): IP, 2H, 0R, K
Milwaukee hosts the Cubs today at 2pm CST. Yovani Gallardo gets the start for the Brewers.
There were plenty of ex-Rattlers in action for the Brewers in the split squad games to open Cactus League play on Monday.
Up in Mesa, where the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3:
Cody Scarpetta: IP, 2H, 0R, K
Jim Henderson: .1IP, 0H, 0R
Taylor Green: 1-for-3
Scooter Gennett: 0-for-1
Cutter Dykstra: 0-for-1
Additionally, Bryan LaHair (’04) was 1-for-3 for the Cubs in that game.
And in Maryvale, where the Brewers lost 10-9 to the San Francisco Giants:
Wily Peralta: 2IP, 2H, 2R, K
Carlos George: 1-for-2, RBI
Sean Halton: 1-for-2
Martin Maldonado: 1-for-3, RUN
Also, you have to head over to The Brewers Bar for Jaymes Langrehr’s list of the best lines by Bob Uecker during yesterday’s game.
A couple of my favorites:
On using the DH today (deadpan): “It’s a National League game, but they can do whatever they want in Spring Training.”
After listing a slew of substitutions in the middle innings: “In case you score with us…you shouldn’t.”
Oh, baseball, it is good to have you back.
One split squad, led by Weeks, first baseman Prince Fielder and starter Shaun Marcum will host the World Series champion Giants at Maryvale Baseball Park. Another, led by left fielder Ryan Braun, will travel to Mesa, Ariz., to play the rival Cubs.It marks the start of a 32-game exhibition schedule that will carry the Brewers and their high hopes to a March 31 regular-season opener in Cincinnati.“Obviously, the acquisitions are going to make things exciting this year,” left-hander Randy Wolf said.
I was taking a look at the game notes and – keeping in mind that this could change – Wily Peralta (’09) is scheduled to be the second pitcher out of the Brewers bullpen in the game against the Giants. Cody Scarpetta (’09) is scheduled to be the second pitcher out of the Brewers bullpen in the game against the Cubs.
Other ex-Rattlers involved in the games today..They’re names are bolded.
In the Giants game:
Joining the team today from minor-league camp is RHP Nick Bucci (37), LHP Chris Cody (57), RHP Mike Fiers (63), INF Carlos George (91), 1B Sean Halton (98), 1B Cody Hawn (96), OF Lee Haydel (5), OF Brendan Katin (97), OF Brock Kjeldgaard (95), OF Erik Komatsu (93), INF Sergio Miranda (15), INF T.J. Mittelstaedt (94), C Rafael Neda (92), INF Yadiel Rivera (90) and C Shawn Zarraga (99).
Meanwhile over in the Cubs game:
Joining the team today from minor-league camp is RHP Eulogio De La Cruz (96), LHP Brian Garman (43), RHP Donovan Hand (98), RHP Jim Henderson (99), INF Cutter Dykstra (92), OF Robbie Garvey (95), INF Scooter Gennett (3), INF Taylor Green (93), OF Brandon Jones (97), OF Reggie Keen (94), OF D’Vontrey Richardson (96), C Tyler Roberts (53), SS Shea Vucinich (91).
The game against the Giants is on WTMJ (and the web) this afternoon at 2pm CST.