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Brewers 11, Athletics 9

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

Triple for Morris

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:

Morris: 1-for-1
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.

Looking at yesterday

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.

Brewers Cactus League Opening Day!

The Milwaukee Brewers have a pair of games today to kick off the Cactus League schedule

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.

Its pretty much the same at the minor league level

I am a few days late to this, but I saw this on the new Peanuts and Cracker Jack blog at and wanted to share this post about how the Brewers get balanced and nutritious meals from their clubhouse.

The comforting smell of bagels and Belgian waffles greets the Brewers as they open the clubhouse doors every morning.  On their way in to the locker room, they pass a kitchen stocked and ready with a hearty, continental breakfast.

Since arriving from the off-season, each player has taken special attention to diet.  They make sure to arrive at least an hour early to fill their plates with the freshly-prepared food.

Infielder Luis Cruz starts every day with a bowl of granola topped with strawberries, bananas and yogurt to keep his first meal light.  He enjoys the healthy cuisine after spending winter at home in Mexico with greasier foods.

“You want to eat the best stuff for your body,” Cruz says.

Leslie Bonci, the team nutritionist, helps plan the players’ meals.  She works with the home clubhouse assistant, Matt Smith, to provide high carb meals before games and high protein after.  She will arrive at the spring training facilities on Saturday to meet with players and staff to develop a general nutrition concept for the team.

The nutritionist on staff for the Timber Rattlers would be the trainer, the strength and conditioning coach, and the clubhouse manager.  But they do follow direction from up the ladder on healthy eating.

If you walk through the clubhouse at Time Warner Cable Field there are bowls of fruit, oatmeal packets, and various other healthy options for breakfast.  After batting practice on the evening of a night game, there are various healthy options for a pregame meal.  After the game – or after their post-game workouts, there are some good food options for players.

A little plug for the Peanuts and Cracker Jack blog.  Tom Haudricourt is the lead Brewers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  But, since Anthony Witrado left the paper, the Journal-Sentinel needed some help.  They decided to bring seven students from the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism to complement the coverage the events of Spring Training.  So far, so good. 

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