Colorado at Milwaukee

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PHOENIX (AP) - Brewers right-hander Mark Rogers knows there's little time left to rediscover his velocity.

Yet time is what he said he needs most.

"I need time to build my strength and the velocity will come like that," Rogers said after a Brewers split squad beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 on Sunday. "I can tell you for a fact that it will be there. It's just a matter of getting there."

Rogers, a first-round pick of the Brewers in 2004, started seven games in Milwaukee and, featuring a fastball in the low- to mid-90s, went 3-1 with a 3.92 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 39 innings.

But this spring has been a different story.

On March 12, Rogers made his third start and surrendered six runs - three earned - on three hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings. After that outing, he was pulled from live action in favor of bullpen sessions in an effort to help him find his former speed and command.

Against the Rockies, Rogers allowed only two runs on two hits in three innings. But he also walked two, through barely half his pitches for strikes and topped out the radar gun at 89 mph.

Rogers struck out Tyler Colvin twice, tripling his strikeout total for the spring in the span of a turn through the lineup.

"That's not me, really," Rogers said. "It's frustrating for me, but it's part of the game. Everyone has times when they don't feel like they have their best stuff."

Complicating matters for both Rogers and the Brewers is the 27-year-old is out of minor league options, leaving Milwaukee the choice of relegating him to the bullpen or attempting to sneak him through waivers.

"The good thing is I've been with the Brewers for multiple years," Rogers said. "They know I'll bust my butt and get back to being myself. I view myself as a starting pitcher. At some point, I want to be in the starting rotation."

In theory, Rogers also could be placed on the disabled list though the pitcher himself has yet to complain of any specific injury.

"Are you healthy when you're throwing 89," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "Something's wrong. It's not home. I'm still waiting for the `(throw it) by guys'."

Rockies starter Juan Nicasio allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Nicasio has given up only three runs on 10 hits in his past two outings spanning 10 innings after allowing seven runs over 6 2/3 innings in his previous two starts.

"I had trouble with my control, with a lot of pitches high in the zone," Nicasio said. "I gave up a couple base hits on fastballs high. But I felt good."

Ryan Braun went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Ben McMahan hit a two-run single during the Brewers' five-run sixth inning against Matt Belisle.

Charlie Blackmon doubled, scored, drove in a run and stole a base for the Rockies.

NOTES: Nicasio also had a pair of singles. . Brewers CF Carlos Gomez was scratched because of stiffness in his lower back caused, he said, by sleeping on too soft of a mattress. Roenicke said if this were the regular season Gomez would be in the lineup. . Veteran right-hander Jon Garland was at the Rockies' Scottsdale camp and will sign with the team pending his physical. Garland had spent the spring with the Mariners and posted a 2.25 ERA but exercised the opt-out in his minor-league contract to allow him to pursue a major-league deal. . The two teams were meeting for the first time since March 1 and open the regular season with a three-game series in Milwaukee beginning April 1.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Blackmon
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Milwaukee

J. Segura
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, CF-RF3111202 .375
    Chris Volstad, P00000001.000
Jordan Pacheco, 1B4000015 .385
    DJ LeMahieu, 2B1000001 .243
Carlos Gonzalez, LF1001200 .233
    Corey Dickerson, LF1000010 .360
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3001101 .244
    Ben Paulsen, 1B1000010 .481
Tyler Colvin, RF4000024 .190
    Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
    Matt McBride, RF1000000 .250
Nolan Arenado, 3B3110010 .333
   a- Charlie Culberson, PH-3B0100100 .185
Ramon Hernandez, C1000100 .200
   b- Yorvit Torrealba, PH-C1100100 .529
Jonathan Herrera, 2B3000002 .346
    Reid Brignac, SS1011000 .304
Juan Nicasio, P20210001.000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Young Jr., PH-CF2110000 .349
Totals3256586  
a-walked for Arenado in the 8th
b-grounded out for Hernandez in the 6th
c-singled for Belisle in the 7th
Batting
2B - Charlie Blackmon (5, Burgos)
SF - Carlos Gonzalez (1)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (3), Carlos Gonzalez (9), Troy Tulowitzki (10), Reid Brignac (7), Juan Nicasio (1)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (6), Juan Nicasio (1)
SB - Charlie Blackmon (3, 2nd base off Rogers/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Arenado-Herrera-Pacheco
E - Troy Tulowitzki (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Juan Nicasio 5722240 4.87
Matt Belisle (L,0-1) 1453010 5.59
Adam Ottavino 1000020 4.50
Chris Volstad 1000000 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Nicasio 37-29, Matt Belisle 11-11, Adam Ottavino 7-7, Chris Volstad 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Nicasio 5-5, Matt Belisle 2-2, Chris Volstad 3-0
Batters Faced - Juan Nicasio 23, Matt Belisle 9, Adam Ottavino 3, Chris Volstad 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jean Segura, SS3120000 .354
    Nick Shaw, 2B2111000 .429
Rickie Weeks, 2B2001100 .318
    Ben McMahan, LF2012000 .500
Ryan Braun, LF2011111 .267
    Stephen Parker, 3B0001000 .000
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000014 .206
    Yadiel Rivera, SS1000011 .000
Jonathan Lucroy, C4010003 .281
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
    Jairo Asencio, P0000000 .000
    Alfredo Figaro, P0000000 .000
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
Alex Gonzalez, 1B3020001 .263
    Lance Roenicke, PR-RF1100010 .400
Rene Tosoni, CF3110011 .273
   a- Mitch Haniger, PH-CF1000000 .000
Caleb Gindl, RF3110000 .245
    Hunter Morris, 1B1000010 .115
Mark Rogers, P11100001.000
    Hiram Burgos, P1100012 .000
    Blake Lalli, C1000000 .310
Totals34711627  
a-flied out for Tosoni in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jean Segura (3, Nicasio), Ryan Braun (1, Nicasio)
SF - Stephen Parker (1)
SH - Hiram Burgos (1)
RBI - Nick Shaw (1), Rickie Weeks (6), Ben McMahan 2 (2), Ryan Braun (4), Stephen Parker (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (3)
SB - Jean Segura (3, 3rd base off Nicasio/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Segura-Weeks-A. Gonzalez
E - Jean Segura (3, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Rogers 3222220 7.00
Hiram Burgos (W,1-1) 3.2311320 3.48
Brandon Kintzler (H,4) 0.1000100 4.97
Jairo Asencio0122200 0.00
Alfredo Figaro (H,2) 1000000 1.93
Jim Henderson (S,1) 1000020 5.68
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Rogers 25-16, Hiram Burgos 29-17, Brandon Kintzler 5-1, Jairo Asencio 9-1, Alfredo Figaro 3-3, Jim Henderson 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Rogers 3-5, Hiram Burgos 4-4, Brandon Kintzler 1-0, Alfredo Figaro 2-1, Jim Henderson 1-0
Batters Faced - Mark Rogers 14, Hiram Burgos 16, Brandon Kintzler 2, Jairo Asencio 3, Alfredo Figaro 3, Jim Henderson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 6702
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jeff Morrow, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Hal Gibson, Third Base - Mark Ripperger