The Milwaukee Brewers get three homers and a solid pitching performance from Wily Peralta in winning their first game of the season, 6-1 at home against Colorado. Jonathan Villar, Eric Thames, and Travis Shaw all went yard for the Crew. Peralta struck out five in five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and one walk — and Neftali Feliz struck out the game’s final batter to get his first save. Rockies’ starter Tyler Chatwood took the loss as he gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings — plus the homers to Thames and Shaw, both of which came in the fourth. Former Brewer Mark Reynolds drove home Colorado’s only run in the ninth, and the Brewers have a chance to earn a four game split of their season opening series against the Rockies with a win this (Thursday) afternoon at Miller Park.
The Brewers have claimed utility player Nick Franklin off waivers from Tampa Bay. To make room on the 40 man roster, reliever Michael Blazek was designated for assignment — and G-M David Stearns says Blazek will stay at the Brewers’ Colorado Springs Triple “A” farm club unless another team claims him. Franklin hit .270 in 60 games for the Rays last season with six homers and 26 R-B-Is, and he has also played with Seattle. Franklin is a switch hitter who has played numerous positions, including one inning as a pitcher in the Majors and Stearns calls Franklin a “rare find.” He’s expected to join the team tomorrow (Friday) in Milwaukee, and the Brewers will decide then who to drop to give Franklin a spot on the 25 man big league roster.