Wolf brothers cross paths for first time
Padres lefty takes mound with umpire sibling behind plate
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Randy Wolf was on the mound on Friday, and for the first time in their lives, his older brother, Jim, was the umpire behind the plate.Major League Baseball does not allow Jim to call his brother's games during the regular season to avoid questions regarding a conflict of interest, but an exhibition is fair game, and thus the historic meeting. And, just for the record, there were no favors handed out -- Randy Wolf didn't strike out a batter in his four-inning stint, allowing four hits and three runs (two earned) to the Brewers, and he grounded out on the first pitch he saw during his only at-bat. "They were too busy swinging the bats for me to worry about called strikes," Randy Wolf said. Randy Wolf has allowed at least two runs in each of his four Spring Training starts, posting a 10.80 ERA and allowing 15 hits in 8 1/3 innings. However, he allowed only two hits over the final three innings Friday night. "For the most part I felt pretty strong," Randy Wolf said. "It was just about throwing better offspeed pitches. I think the first inning I was guiding it a little bit."
Randy Wolf's poor statistics this spring probably aren't too meaningful. He hasn't posted a spring ERA below 4.86 in any of the past five spring seasons he participated in, and in each of those years his regular-season ERA was better than his spring ERA.
Mark Thoma is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.