Thanks to a dramatic victory and some early signs of explosiveness from their offense, the Arizona Diamondbacks have to feel good about their start to the season. Having Wade Miley take the mound for their next outing doesn't hurt.
After winning the longest home game in franchise history, the Diamondbacks hand the ball to Miley for his 2013 debut as they open a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night at Miller Park.
Arizona (2-1) beat St. Louis 10-9 on Wednesday when Cliff Pennington 's walk-off single plated Jason Kubel in the 16th inning. The Diamondbacks came from behind to either tie or take the lead four times in the 5-hour, 32-minute battle.
"This is the kind of game you remember as the season goes," said Pennington, who had three hits. "Two weeks from now, if we find ourselves down by four in the sixth, it will be like we have done this before."
The Diamondbacks have totaled 16 runs and 32 hits – 12 for extra bases – in their two victories. Five of those extra-base hits came from leadoff man Gerardo Parra , who is 8 for 16. Newcomer Martin Prado has a team-high four RBIs, and Miguel Montero has at least one hit and one RBI in all three games.
If last season's performance is any indication, Miley shouldn't need a huge day from the lineup. He went 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA as a rookie in 2012, topping the team in wins, leading the starters in ERA and becoming Arizona's lone All-Star representative.
Miley is not focusing on living up to his strong rookie campaign.
"Why think about that?" he told the team's official website. "That's my answer. Why even put more pressure on yourself? I just want to go out and pitch. I'm not going to try and do what I did last year. I'm going to go out and pitch and try to help my team win every five days. I'm just going to pitch like I've done my whole life."
The Brewers, though, might enjoy seeing last year's Miley. The left-hander went 1-1 with a 10.24 ERA in two starts against Milwaukee (1-2). He gave up a career-high eight runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 10-2 loss at Miller Park on June 30.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun , 4 for 10 with a home run and four RBIs this season, homered off Miley twice in that last meeting.
Braun went 2 for 2 with two walks, a run and an RBI on Wednesday, but the Brewers fell 7-3 to Colorado.
Milwaukee, which fell 8-4 a day earlier, served up eight homers in the series with the Rockies and allowed at least 12 hits in all three games.
"We need to pitch better as starters and as relievers," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We got to get ahead of people. I know it's early, but we still need to pitch better."
Roenicke now hands the ball to Kyle Lohse . The right-hander was 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts for St. Louis last season, but he waited until last week to sign a three-year, $33 million contract with the Brewers and missed most of spring training.
"I did everything in my control to get ready for this," he said. "I went out there and threw to college kids, and I know it's not the same as big league competition, but I was out there doing the same thing I always do to get ready."
Lohse is 3-2 with a 4.48 ERA in 10 career starts against the Diamondbacks, but he dominated them last season, going 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA in two starts.
These teams split six meetings in 2012.
|March 30, 2013||Didi Gregorius||15-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
|March 27, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||15-Day DL||Strained right intercostal|
|March 27, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|March 22, 2013||Cody Ross||15-Day DL||Left calf strain|
|March 22, 2013||Adam Eaton||15-Day DL||Left elbow strain|
|February 18, 2013||Daniel Hudson||60-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|March 25, 2013||Mark Rogers||15-Day DL||Right shoulder instability|
|March 22, 2013||Taylor Green||15-Day DL||Left hip labral injury|
|March 22, 2013||Corey Hart||15-Day DL||Recovery from right knee surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Jeff Bianchi||15-Day DL||Left hip bursitis|
|March 20, 2013||Mat Gamel||60-Day DL||Torn right ACL - out for season|
|February 18, 2013||Mat Gamel||Day-to-Day||Torn right ACL - out for season|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wade Miley didn't have the best spring for the Arizona Diamondbacks . He made up for it in his first regular-season start.
Miley was locked into a pitching duel with Kyle Lohse through six innings before the Diamondbacks spoiled Lohse's debut with Milwaukee by scoring two runs on a wild pitch off reliever Michael Gonzalez in the seventh for a 3-1 win over the Brewers on Friday night.
Lohse allowed five hits and struck out six. Miley gave up five hits and struck out eight, one shy of his career high, as the starters battled almost pitch for pitch.
Miley made four Cactus League starts and went 1-2 with a 7.43 ERA before the Diamondbacks took the cautious approach and shut him down.
"You just got to put that behind you and move on," Miley said. "I just wanted to go out, compete and give the team a chance to win."
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson explained why the team was so careful with Miley.
"He wasn't progressing like we wanted him to when we shut him down," Gibson said. "He'd have time to come back. I thought he would be way sharper, and he was."
After the Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals played 16 innings on Wednesday night, Gibson was glad that Miley went as long as he did.
"The guy got us through six innings," Gibson said. "He got behind one guy, Segura, and he hit a home run."
Lohse is coming off his best major league season, going 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts with the St. Louis Cardinals last year. He made one start in spring training after signing with the Brewers just before the end of March.
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his first save.
The Brewers were without Ryan Braun , who was scratched from the lineup because of spasms on the right side of his neck. He had started in left field in Milwaukee's first three games this season. He had a hit, scored a run and drove in at least one in each of them.
The Diamondbacks went ahead on a hit, three walks, a sacrifice bunt and Gonzalez's errant pitch.
Burke Badenhop (0-1) relieved Lohse to start the seventh. Paul Goldschmidt walked, advanced on Jason Kubel 's single and moved to third on A.J. Pollock's sacrifice to chase Badenhop.
Gonzalez came in and walked Cliff Pennington . Alfredo Marte pinch hit for Miley and struck out. Goldschmidt and Kubel scored when Gonzalez threw a wild pitch that caromed off catcher Jonathan Lucroy 's glove and rolled toward the Brewers' dugout. First baseman Yuniesky Betancourt was late backing up the play as Lucroy raced after the ball.
"Goldie took off. Nobody was really going for the ball," Kubel said. "So, I just kept going. Nobody was going for it. It was weird. Good thing for us it worked out."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that Gonzalez and Lucroy made a mistake.
"We got crossed up a little bit there with the pitch getting by (Lucroy)," Roenicke said.
Braun took batting practice before he was pulled. Khris Davis made his major league debut in place of Braun.
"I felt it a little bit earlier while I was working out, and then I had the trainers work on it," Braun said. "Second round of BP, I took a swing and it just locked up."
Miley (1-0) cruised through the first three innings, including a span of five straight strikeouts before Jean Segura hit a solo homer, his career first, with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Rickie Weeks singled up the middle and went to third on Aramis Ramirez 's single to left. He slid awkwardly into second trying to beat left fielder Kubel's strong throw. Ramirez, who was an easy out, sprained his left knee. He lay behind the bag in pain before walking off the field.
"We know more tomorrow," Ramirez said. "I'll get an MRI tomorrow. We go from there. I don't want to assume anything."
Ramirez wrenched his knee during spring training sliding into second.
"Same thing that happened in spring training," he said. "More soreness than the last time."
Lohse pitched three scoreless innings before the Diamondbacks went ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth.
Martin Prado led off with a double, advanced on Miguel Montero 's one-out grounder and scored on Goldschmidt's double.
Despite the loss, Lohse was pleased with his start.
"It felt like all my stuff was working pretty good from the first inning on," he said. "It was fun to get back out there and get my season started."
The Diamondbacks are off to a 3-1 start for the third time in franchise history.
NOTES: Lohse is without a decision in any of his five debut games. ... Brewers INF Alex Gonzalez moved to third after Ramirez left the game in the bottom of the fourth. Gonzalez played shortstop for 1,536 games coming into his 15th season. He moved to first for the first three games of this season. He had never played third in his career. ... The Diamondbacks are off to a 3-1 start for the third time in franchise history.