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Rockies' Jimenez spoils Brewers-Sabathia party

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MILWAUKEE -- After watching starter Ubaldo Jimenez finally win a game on the road, Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle already was thinking of ways to make his young pitcher continue to feel more comfortable away from home.

"We'll just take the bed that he slept in here with us to New York," Hurdle said.

Jimenez baffled Milwaukee in Colorado's 4-3 victory on Monday, putting a damper on what had been a daylong welcome party to the Brewers for CC Sabathia.

Jimenez (4-8) gave up only three hits in seven innings, and has won three of his last four starts after beginning the season 1-7. More important, it was his first road win of the season.

"That's got to feel good, because he's aware of it," Hurdle said. "You know, it's been getting brought up. But we're not a team that sticks its head in the sand either. He's aware of it. He wanted to go do something different tonight."

He did. And in the process, he slightly numbed a city-wide baseball buzz surrounding the Brewers' acquisition of Sabathia on Monday morning.

"Does CC have to go back tomorrow?," Brewers manager Ned Yost joked.

After warmly welcoming Sabathia, who is scheduled to make his Milwaukee debut Tuesday night after he was acquired in a trade with Cleveland on Monday, Brewers players didn't seem particularly focused on the field until they put together a late rally off reliever Taylor Buchholz.

Milwaukee loaded the bases in the eighth inning on an error by Rockies first baseman Joe Koshansky, a pop fly that inexplicably dropped between catcher Chris Iannetta and third baseman Garrett Atkins, and a walk.

Hurdle called the botched pop fly "unacceptable."

"That's poor defense that really should not happen on this level," Hurdle said. "Somebody needs to take charge on the play. We've handled that"

Brewers slugger Ryan Braun then hit a sharp ground ball that glanced off the mound and into the glove of shortstop Clint Barmes, who stepped on second and threw to first for a double play as a run scored.

Prince Fielder then hit a two-run homer off Buchholz, cutting the Rockies' lead to 4-3.

"Obviously, we were able to add some drama to it to keep people in the ballpark," Hurdle said.

Reliever Manuel Corpas got the Rockies out of the inning, and Brian Fuentes pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save.

"We got down, we battled back, and we had a chance to win the ballgame," Brewers right fielder Corey Hart said. "It didn't work out, but we're all pretty positive right now. We're pretty ecstatic about what's going on. You're not going to win them all."

Until the eighth, the Brewers couldn't muster much offense, had two runners picked off first base by Jimenez and watched a Rockies run scored on an easy grounder that ended up being an error.

Brewers starter Seth McClung (5-4) struggled with his control and was pulled from the game two outs into the fifth after giving up two runs and five walks.

The Brewers went down 3-0 in the sixth after an easy groundball from Jimenez squirted past third baseman Russell Branyan for an error and Jeff Baker scored from second.

Rockies All-Star Matt Holliday hit his 14th home run of the season -- and fourth in four games -- in the seventh.

"I think he's in as good a place as we've seen him in a long time," Hurdle said.

For Milwaukee, the loss spoiled what had been a festive atmosphere after the Brewers announced they had sent four prospects to Cleveland for Sabathia, the reigning Cy Young Award winner.

"The guy has pitched pretty well in his career, but we've got to go out there and compete," Rockies centerfielder Willy Taveras said.

Sabathia smiled and waved after teammates let him know he was being shown on the scoreboard video monitor during the game, and received a 30-second standing ovation.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," Braun said. "The fans will be into it. We're excited about it. We expect him to come out here and be dominant. I don't think we really expect anything less. That's what the track record says."

Notes

  • Brewers shortstop J.J. Hardy was named NL player of the week on Monday.
  • The Rockies have homered in each of their last six games.
  • Holliday extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • With storms approaching, the Miller Park roof began to close in the bottom of the sixth.
 
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Ubaldo Jimenez stifles the Brewers, yielding three hits and five walks over seven scoreless innings.  (AP)
Ubaldo Jimenez stifles the Brewers, yielding three hits and five walks over seven scoreless innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

U. Jimenez
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 5
K 7
 

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Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4010012 .254
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Clint Barmes, SS5110014 .324
Matt Holliday, LF4122100 .345
Brad Hawpe, RF3000210 .247
Garrett Atkins, 3B3001023 .307
Joe Koshansky, 1B4000022 .125
Jeff Baker, 2B4120002 .272
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B0000000 .270
Chris Iannetta, C3110122 .277
Ubaldo Jimenez, P2000111 .057
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-CF1000001 .311
Totals33473510  
a-grounded out for Jimenez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Clint Barmes (16, McClung)
HR - Matt Holliday (14, Villanueva)
SF - Garrett Atkins (5)
SH - Willy Taveras (8)
RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (51), Garrett Atkins (51)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (17)
SB - Jeff Baker (2, 2nd base off Villanueva/Kendall)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Baker-Barmes-Koshansky, Barmes-Koshansky
E - Joe Koshansky (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,4-8) 7300570 4.21
Taylor Buchholz 0.2230101 1.70
Manny Corpas (H,3) 0.1100000 5.08
Brian Fuentes (S,14) 1000020 3.60
WP - Taylor Buchholz (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 100-57, Taylor Buchholz 26-14, Manny Corpas 12-9, Brian Fuentes 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 7-4, Taylor Buchholz 2-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 26, Taylor Buchholz 5, Manny Corpas 2, Brian Fuentes 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Craig Counsell, 2B2110202 .240
J.J. Hardy, SS3010111 .296
Ryan Braun, LF4010011 .283
Prince Fielder, 1B3112100 .269
Corey Hart, RF4020012 .299
Russell Branyan, 3B4000021 .253
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
Mike Cameron, CF2000100 .225
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .194
    Bill Hall, 3B1000010 .226
Jason Kendall, C3000120 .272
Seth McClung, P1000012 .231
    Carlos Villanueva, P1000000 .125
    Gabe Kapler, CF2100000 .304
Totals3036269  
Batting
HR - Prince Fielder (17, Buchholz)
RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (47)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (11)
PK - Ryan Braun (2, Jimenez), Corey Hart (2, Jimenez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Russell Branyan (2, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Seth McClung (L,5-4) 4.2322550 4.15
Carlos Villanueva 2.1321041 5.04
Manny Parra 1100000 3.65
Salomon Torres 1000010 2.83
WP - Manny Parra (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 87-49, Carlos Villanueva 37-25, Manny Parra 18-11, Salomon Torres 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 4-5, Carlos Villanueva 1-3, Manny Parra 3-0, Salomon Torres 2-0
Batters Faced - Seth McClung 22, Carlos Villanueva 11, Manny Parra 4, Salomon Torres 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35161
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Mike Everitt