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MILWAUKEE -- Randy Wolf was amazed at the standing ovation he received after what he considered a very average performance. That's just how desperate the Brewers are to see one of their starters succeed.
"I like watching this team when I'm not pitching, so I can imagine as a Milwaukee Brewer fan and somebody from this area, it's got to be exciting to come to the park every day," Wolf said after his successful debut in Milwaukee's 7-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. "Obviously, I've got to pitch better than that. I can't rely on guys scoring five, six, seven runs a game."
Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer in the first, Rickie Weeks added a solo shot off Rockies starter Greg Smith (0-1) and Prince Fielder was on base all four at-bats, scoring three times and driving in another run.
"They keep it light," Wolf said. "It's fun just because the guys battle, they enjoy each other, they know each other real well here."
Milwaukee snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Rockies despite Ian Stewart, who homered for the second straight day, doubled, tripled and scored three times.
Wolf (1-0) struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings in his first start since signing a $29.75 million, three-year contract in the offseason to bolster Milwaukee's starting staff.
Wolf received raucous cheers each time he struck out a batter, a sharp difference from last year, when most Milwaukee fans were howling in disgust at a rotation that compiled a majors-worst 5.37 ERA.
"That's why we got him here. He did a nice job tonight. A strike-throwing machine -- 97 pitches, 72 strikes," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "That's pretty impressive."
Wolf left with two on and two outs in the seventh.
After Milwaukee scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, Hoffman allowed a leadoff triple to Ian Stewart, who scored on Seth Smith's groundout. Carlos Gonzalez hit a flare single with two outs to bring up the tying run in pinch-hitter Jason Giambi, who struck out on a 73 mph changeup.
"We kept battling like crazy," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We had the tying run standing there at home plate with two outs in the ninth inning with a pretty good hitter up there."
Stewart, who celebrated his 25th birthday on Monday and got his wish when Duke won the national championship, hit a deep home run over the Brewers bullpen in left-center field in the second inning. He also scored in seventh.
"I feel good. I'm seeing the ball well. That's all I can really say," Stewart said.
But it was the Brewers who had to feel good about themselves with Fielder providing the moment of levity.
In the fourth, Fielder and McGehee were at the corners with no outs when Gregg Zaun hit into a double play.
Fielder should've scored easily, but he tripped, struggled to regain his balance and held onto his helmet awkwardly as he got back on his feet to sprint home. He was laughing at his mad dash before he even got back to the dugout.
"Even in the heat of the moment we can find some humor in some of the stuff going on," McGehee said. "Sometimes I think we fall into the trap of beating ourselves up over little stuff too much, and you've got to have fun while you're doing it."
"I was a little amped up," he said. "I just missed spots. It's not like I got beat up by them, it's not like they hit pitch after pitch after pitch. They hit my mistakes."
|Casey McGehee blasts a three-run shot in the first to help the Brewers snap a seven-game skid to the Rockies. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||5||1||2||2||0||1||0||.600|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.167|
|a- Jason Giambi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||3||1||0||0||2||.556|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.125|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.143|
|Chris Iannetta, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||4||3||3||1||0||1||0||.571|
|Clint Barmes, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Greg Smith, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.500|
|Matt Daley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Seth Smith, PH||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Fowler in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Corpas in the 7th|
|c-grounded out for Belisle in the 9th|
|2B - Carlos Gonzalez (1, Wolf), Ian Stewart (1, Wolf), Clint Barmes (1, Wolf)|
|3B - Ian Stewart (1, Hoffman)|
|HR - Ian Stewart (2, Wolf)|
|SH - Greg Smith (1)|
|RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (2), Todd Helton (1), Ian Stewart (3), Seth Smith (1)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton, Barmes-Tulowitzki-Helton|
|PB - Chris Iannetta (1)|
|E - Clint Barmes (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Greg Smith (L,0-1)||5||4||5||5||2||5||2||9.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Greg Smith 89-56, Manny Corpas 14-6, Matt Daley 17-8, Matt Belisle 31-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Smith 7-2, Manny Corpas 2-1, Matt Daley 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Greg Smith 20, Manny Corpas 4, Matt Daley 5, Matt Belisle 7|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||2||2||1||1||2||0||0||.400|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.444|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.375|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||2||3||2||1||2||0||0||.571|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||3||1||2||3||1||0||1||.571|
|Gregg Zaun, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Corey Hart, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.000|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.125|
|Randy Wolf, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|Mitch Stetter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Craig Counsell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jim Edmonds, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.200|
|Trevor Hoffman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Stetter in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Hawkins in the 8th|
|2B - Prince Fielder (1, Smith)|
|HR - Rickie Weeks (1, Smith), Casey McGehee (1, Smith)|
|RBI - Rickie Weeks (1), Prince Fielder (1), Casey McGehee 3 (3), Alcides Escobar (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks (1), Casey McGehee 3 (3), Alcides Escobar (1)|
|SB - Rickie Weeks (1, 2nd base off Smith/Iannetta), Corey Hart (1, 2nd base off Daley/Iannetta)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Randy Wolf (W,1-0)||6.2||9||4||4||0||8||1||5.40|
|Mitch Stetter (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|LaTroy Hawkins (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Trevor Hoffman (S,1)||1||2||1||1||0||1||0||9.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 97-72, Mitch Stetter 4-2, LaTroy Hawkins 12-9, Trevor Hoffman 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 7-5, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0, Trevor Hoffman 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 29, Mitch Stetter 1, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Trevor Hoffman 5|
|Attendance - 37344|
|Game Time - 3:07|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Jerry Crawford|