Cincinnati outslugs Brewers 9-3Wisconsin Sports
-- Randy Wolf gave up seven runs in seven innings yesterday, as the Milwaukee Brewers were pounded by Cincinnati 9-3 in a Cactus League exhibition in Phoenix.
PHOENIX - Randy Wolf gave up seven runs in seven innings yesterday, as the Milwaukee Brewers were pounded by Cincinnati 9-3 in a Cactus League exhibition in Phoenix.
Wolf gave up 12 hits, struck out six, and did not walk anyone. Manager Ron Roenicke said he was not too concerned. He said the Reds got a lot of bloop hits, and Wolf’s performance was not as bad as looks in the box score. Juan Francisco started the Reds’ barrage with a solo home run in the second inning. But the big story for Cincinnati was Aroldis Chapman. The hard-throwing Cuban left-hander gave up two runs in five innings, striking out six. Nyjer Morgan was hit in the back by one of Chapman’s 90-plus mile-an-hour pitches – and it took a few minutes for the sting to go away. Rickie Weeks got two hits for Milwaukee, and was the only Brewer with more than one. Martin Maldonado hit a solo homer, as the Brewers dropped to 11-14-and-2 this month. The Brewers will play the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon. Eighth-inning specialist Francisco Rodriguez will get some innings in by starting for the Brew Crew. Former Brewers’ left-hander Chris Capuano will go for the Dodgers.
The Brewers are expected to learn this weekend if Corey Hart will be ready for Opening Day. Hart went 0-for-2 yesterday in his second minor league game since having surgery on March sixth to fix a torn meniscus in his right knee. Hart walked twice, and did not play in the outfield. He’s expected to get some fielding time today – and he’ll play in two more minor league games tomorrow and Sunday. After that, the Brewers will decide if Hart can play in next Friday’s regular season opener against Saint Louis – or whether he’ll have to start the season on the disabled list.
Meanwhile, the Brewers made a number of personnel moves yesterday. Reliever Brandon Kintzler was put on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed throwing elbow. The Brewers claimed catcher and Racine native Jason Jaramillo off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. Outfielder Corey Patterson was cut, and later re-signed to a minor league contract. And three players were sent down to Triple-“A” Nashville – infielder Taylor Green, reliever Zach Braddock, and catcher Martin Maldonado. Veteran infielder Cesar Izturis made the big club, and is expected to be a back-up for shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Also, Baltimore claimed Brewers utility player Zelous Wheeler, who was recently put on waivers.
The Milwaukee Brewers will play the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon in a Spring Training game in Glendale Arizona. Set-up man Francisco Rodriguez will get the start for the Brew Crew. It’s Shaun Marcum’s spot in the rotation. And Marcum will pitch in a minor league game at camp today to test his right throwing shoulder that was inflamed during most of the spring. If he has trouble, Marcum could start the regular season on the disabled list. And right-hander Marco Estrada would be expected to fill in. If that’s the case, Estrada could relieve K-Rod early in today’s game against the Dodgers. Rodriguez has an 0-1 record this spring with a 0.86 ERA. The Dodgers will put up former Brewers’ left-hander Chris Capuano. He’s 1-1 this month with an ERA of almost three-and-a-third. Milwaukee is 11-14-2 in Cactus League exhibition play. The Brewers open their regular season a week from today against Saint Louis at Miller Park.