Gallardo tosses 98 pitches in loss
Right-hander gives up six runs over five innings; offense struggles
ROCKIES 7, BREWERS 1
at Hi Corbett Field
Monday, March 23
Brewers at the plate: It was a quiet day for the Brewers against Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez, with a double by Mike Rivera and singles by Tony Gwynn and Brad Nelson the only hits for Milwaukee in the first six innings. Jason Bourgeois added a pinch-hit single in the eighth. Carlos Corporan singled in the Brewers' lone run in the ninth.
Rockies at the plate: Sal Fasano got the scoring going in the third inning with a towering solo home run over the wall in left-center field, and the Rockies hit two more homers in the fourth when Todd Helton blasted his fourth of the spring, a solo shot, to right-center and Ryan Spilborghs added another solo homer. Ian Stewart tripled and scored in the three-run frame. In the fifth, the Rockies scored two more, with Helton adding another RBI on a single, and Scott Podsednik singled in Dexter Fowler, who had doubled, in the seventh.
Brewers on the mound: Starter Yovani Gallardo followed up his last start, a five-inning no-hit affair against Arizona, by being roughed up for six runs on six hits in five innings. He gave up three homers while striking out two and walking two, but was able to reach his pitch count by throwing 98 pitches. Jorge Julio gave up one run on two hits in one inning of work.
Rockies on the mound: Jimenez turned in his best outing of the spring since his dominating four-inning, 10-strikeout start for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Jimenez held the Brewers scoreless on three hits over six innings, striking out two and walking two. He lowered his Cactus League ERA from 10.24 to 6.32. Josh Fogg followed with a perfect inning, and Alan Embree tossed a scoreless eighth. Huston Street's five-inning spring scoreless streak came to an end when he gave up a run in the ninth.
Cactus League records: Brewers 12-9, Rockies 10-12-1.
Up next: The Brewers are off on Tuesday, but when they return to action on Wednesday it will mark the return of left fielder Ryan Braun to Brewers camp. He went 8-for-21 (.381) in the World Baseball Classic, including a 1-for-4 performance on Sunday in Team USA's tournament-ending loss to Japan, but missed the previous game with a strained muscle at the back of his ribcage. The Brewers would like Braun to pile up some at-bats over the final two weeks of camp, but whether he will be able to do so will obviously hinge on his health. Left-hander Manny Parra, who skipped his last bullpen session because of minor back spasms, is still scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Dodgers at 3:05 p.m. CT.
Doug Miller is reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.