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Walks hurt Nicasio, Rockies in 4-3 loss to Brewers

By MIKE CRANSTON
Associated Press
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Juan Nicasio retired his first seven batters before control problems hit, Boone Logan struggled in his Colorado debut and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Rockies 4-3 on Thursday.

Nicasio walked two in the fourth inning and they scored on Caleb Gindl's double. He allowed consecutive doubles in the sixth and exited with two outs.

When Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive Wednesday night, it stirred memories of Nicasio's frightening injuries from a similar incident three years ago.

Nicasio suffered a fractured skull, broken neck and bleeding on the brain when he was hit by a liner as a rookie in August 2011. The right-hander returned a year later, only to be slowed by a knee injury that required surgery.

Finally healthy this spring, Nicasio allowed three runs, three hits and three walks while working on his splitter.

''Being able to work out for an entire offseason I think is going help him not hit the wall,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. ''And I think the split-finger is going to help him be more efficient. He's going to get more swings. It's a pitch he can put hitters away with.''

Logan gave up three hits and walked in a run while getting two outs in the seventh. The lefty reliever had been recovering from elbow surgery since signing a $16.5 million, three-year deal.

''It was a matter of him getting out there, getting his work in,'' Weiss said. ''It was a good step.''

Brandon Barnes went 2 for 3 with a solo homer for the Rockies.

STARTING TIME

Brewers: Wei-Chung Wang, a 21-year-old Rule 5 draft pick, entered having not allowed a run or walk in 8 1-3 innings.

The Taiwan native left still without issuing a walk, but he gave up three runs on five hits before being replaced with two outs in the third in his first start.

Wang acknowledged he was nervous.

''It's good,'' manager Ron Roenicke said. ''Nobody's that cool.''

Wang, who has not pitched above rookie ball, didn't help his cause when he forgot to cover home plate on a foul pop in the first and Drew Stubbs smartly tagged up and scored.

Wang has to stay on the Brewers' 25-man roster all season or be offered back to the Pirates, a journey he said was like swimming with sharks.

''There are fewer sharks,'' he said through a translator, ''but they're still behind me.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun was scheduled to play after a day off Wednesday, but didn't make the trip because he wasn't feeling well.

Roenicke said he's hopeful Braun will play Friday.

''I'm planning on putting him in,'' the manager said.

ROSTER MOVES

Colorado put catcher Michael McKenry on the 40-man roster after the game, adding another dynamic to the backup catcher competition.

''He belongs on our roster,'' Rockies executive Bill Geivett said. ''He's in contention for a job here.''

McKenry, who can be optioned to the minors, was signed in January after having his 2013 season in Pittsburgh cut short by a knee injury.

A spot on the roster opened when outfielder Kent Matthes was claimed off waivers by Oakland.

Milwaukee cut 11 minor leaguers, including Santo Manzanillo, once a top pitching prospect. Manzanillo struggled after injuring his shoulder in a 2011 car accident.

WAITING FOR A GOOD ONE

Brewers first baseman Juan Francisco drew two walks, giving him five in two days.

''This is better than we saw all last year, especially with the patience,'' Roenicke said. ''It's nice to see.''

Francisco hit .227 last season with 138 strikeouts.

''If teams can't make him swing off the plate, they're going to be in trouble,'' Roenicke said.

 
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C. Gindl
AB 4
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H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
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B. Barnes
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R 2
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HR 1
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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gomez, CF3110001 .294
   Juan Francisco, 1B0001200 .346
Rickie Weeks, 2B4011023 .321
   Scooter Gennett, 2B1010000 .214
Jonathan Lucroy, C3100104 .195
   Lucas May, C1000002 .500
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000012 .429
   Kevin Mattison, CF-LF1000000 .167
Lyle Overbay, 1B2100111 .133
   Tyler Thornburg, P0000000 .000
   a-Logan Schafer, PH0000100 .366
   Zach Duke, P0000000 .000
   b-Brandon Macias, PH-3B1000003 .333
Caleb Gindl, LF4122011 .222
   Donovan Hand, P0000000 .000
Elian Herrera, SS4010001 .265
Mitch Haniger, RF3010102 .462
Wei-Chung Wang, P0000000 .000
   Will Smith, P0000000 .000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   c-Khris Davis, PH1000000 .250
   Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   Irving Falu, 3B1010000 .320
   d-Tyrone Taylor, PH-CF1000000 .000
Totals3348465  
a-walked for Thornburg in the 8th
b-grounded out for Duke in the 9th
c-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 5th
d-grounded out for Falu in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gomez (7, Nicasio), Rickie Weeks (2, Nicasio), Caleb Gindl (1, Nicasio)
SH - Wei-Chung Wang (1)
RBI - Juan Francisco (6), Rickie Weeks (2), Caleb Gindl 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Caleb Gindl 2 (5)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mitch Haniger 1
DP - Overbay-Herrera, Overbay-Herrera-Haniger-Weeks-Falu
E - Elian Herrera (1, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Chung Wang 2.2533021 2.45
Will Smith 0.1000000 2.53
Francisco Rodriguez 1100010 3.00
Brandon Kintzler 1000110 2.08
Tyler Thornburg (W,1-2) 2200120 5.93
Zach Duke (H,3) 1100020 4.15
Donovan Hand (S,1) 1000000 8.38
WP - Wei-Chung Wang (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Chung Wang 20-17, Will Smith 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 6-6, Brandon Kintzler 8-4, Tyler Thornburg 18-13, Zach Duke 8-8, Donovan Hand 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Chung Wang 3-2, Brandon Kintzler 1-0, Tyler Thornburg 2-2, Zach Duke 1-0, Donovan Hand 1-2
Batters Faced - Wei-Chung Wang 12, Will Smith 1, Francisco Rodriguez 4, Brandon Kintzler 3, Tyler Thornburg 9, Zach Duke 4, Donovan Hand 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Barnes, RF3221000 .381
   Jason Pridie, RF0000100 .344
Drew Stubbs, CF2110110 .333
   Jordan Pacheco, C1000012 .250
Corey Dickerson, LF-CF4010012 .333
Michael Cuddyer, 1B3011000 .156
   Ben Paulsen, 1B1000010 .256
Charlie Culberson, 3B2001000 .270
   Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
   Brooks Brown, P0000000 .000
   Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   a-Matt McBride, PH1010000 .355
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
Josh Rutledge, 2B4010002 .296
Paul Janish, SS2010000 .455
   Rafael Ynoa, SS2000010 .273
Jackson Williams, C2000012 .278
   Ryan Wheeler, 3B2000000 .333
Juan Nicasio, P2000021 .250
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000 .000
   Tim Wheeler, LF2010000 .323
Totals3339328  
a-singled for Belisle in the 8th
Batting
2B - Tim Wheeler (5, Thornburg)
HR - Brandon Barnes (1, Wang)
SF - Charlie Culberson (2)
RBI - Brandon Barnes (3), Michael Cuddyer (1), Charlie Culberson (5)
SB - Corey Dickerson (1, 2nd base off Thornburg/Lucroy), Charlie Culberson (3, 2nd base off Thornburg/Lucroy)
PK - Drew Stubbs (2, Kintzler)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Drew Stubbs 1
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Juan Nicasio 5.2333330 3.57
Tommy Kahnle 0.1000010 1.35
Boone Logan (L,0-1) 0.2311110 13.50
Brooks Brown 0.1000000 5.06
Matt Belisle 1100100 6.75
Rex Brothers 1100100 0.00
HBP - Mattison (by Rex Brothers)
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Nicasio 37-25, Tommy Kahnle 3-3, Boone Logan 11-7, Brooks Brown 1-1, Matt Belisle 8-4, Rex Brothers 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Nicasio 8-5, Rex Brothers 2-1
Batters Faced - Juan Nicasio 22, Tommy Kahnle 1, Boone Logan 6, Brooks Brown 1, Matt Belisle 5, Rex Brothers 6
Game Information
Attendance - 12650
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Adrian Johnson