> A day after getting brutally defeated by the Reds, the Brewers turned the tables and took down the Dodgers, 9-4. For the Brewers, it was mostly a relief pitcher game, with Francisco Rodriguez getting the start (he only went one inning, as you’d expect). And still not all of the Brewers’ regulars were playing, despite the fact Opening Day is exactly a week away. But some of the regulars who were playing did damage.
Ryan Braun started it with a mammoth home run off of ex-Brewer Chris Capuano. It was his second home run of the spring, and he’s now hitting .176 (which actually isn’t bad if you consider where he was not too long ago). You could hear sarcastic cheers from the LA fans in the crowd, but I’ve learned to deal with that, and hopefully Braun has too. Screw them if they can’t accept the fact he’s not a drug-head. Ironic that the the LA fans cheered for Manny Ramirez for a few years, though.
Anyway, enough ranting- that event is behind us. In the bottom of the first, Andre Ethier answered back with a two-run double. He then hit a two-run homer in the third to make the score 4-1 (yes, Ethier had all four Dodger runs of the game). But, starting in the seventh, the Brewers went on a tear. Brooks Conrad hit a solo shot in the seventh to make, and Carlos Gomez followed that with a go-ahead three run blast in the eighth to give the Brewers a 5-4 lead. Then, in the ninth, another ex-Brewer, Todd Coffey, had some trouble with a few no-name farmhands. He first gave up an RBI double to Sean Halton, then a bases-clearing double to Shea Vucinich. None of the runs were charged to Coffey, though.
> Over the past few days, we’ve learned that non-roster invitees Conrad and Cesar Izturis will probably make the Brewers roster. I tweeted earlier today that neither of them should make the roster, and I’ll admit that wasn’t completely true- I was just ticked because I had just seen both of them make errors on what appeared to be easy plays (especially Izturis’). Conrad sort of deserves a roster spot. He’s shown solid power at times this spring, as his home run today was his fourth so far. He’s also extremely versatile- he can play any infield position (except maybe shortstop, haven’t seen him play there yet), including catcher. His defense is questionable most of the time, but he still could be a more important piece than I thought.
But I refuse to give any sort of credit to Izturis. The Brewers signed him as a hopeful backup shortstop for Alex Gonzalez, mainly because Izturis specializes in defense- at least he used to. He has looked awful this spring, as his error today was his fifth of the spring (though his first four errors came in the first four games). His offense hasn’t been anything special either, but that’s expected- Izturis has the lowest career slugging percentage of any active player.
In any case, I guess I wouldn’t mind Conrad making the roster, but Izturis has got to go. I was hoping Taylor Green would make the roster over him, but he was optioned to Triple-A yesterday. I don’t see why, though- Green’s spring wasn’t any worse than Izturis’.
> And that’s about it. Reviewing the Brewis continuing to give me log-in issues, and I can’t really do anything about it because our head writer is taking a break from the site, so I’ve got no one to ask about this at the moment. But hopefully this resolves itself soon, and I can get back to writing on RtB- I’ve been stockpiling ideas lately since I haven’t been able to go on.
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