Kubel homers in Arizona's 9-2 win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE Jason Kubel, Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill each homered in Arizona's 9-2 victory over the injury-depleted Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
Kubel's two-run homer gave the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Goldschmidt then hit a two-run drive in the fourth to make it 6-2. Hill's solo shot capped the scoring in the eighth after his RBI double in the first gave Arizona a 1-0 lead.
Starter Patrick Corbin (1-0) gave up a run in each of the first two innings, but settled in to win his season debut. The left-hander gave up two runs on eight hits and one walk with two strikeouts in six innings.
Arizona had 16 hits with seven starters each getting two hits.
The start was another in a disturbing trend for Milwaukee's Michael Fiers (0-1), who struggled at the end of 2012 and in spring training. He gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out one in five innings of his season debut.
Milwaukee was playing without its star, Ryan Braun, who missed his second consecutive game with neck spasms, and cleanup hitter Aramis Ramirez, placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sprained knee.
Jean Segura had two singles and a double for Milwaukee, which has lost four consecutive games after beating Colorado on opening day. The Brewers had 10 hits, but went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Besides missing Braun and Ramirez, Milwaukee slugger Corey Hart is expected to be out the first month of the season recovering from right knee surgery. The slew of injuries left journeyman infielder Alex Gonzalez to bat cleanup Saturday night with Yuniesky Betancourt playing first and batting sixth.
With Milwaukee leading 2-1, Goldschmidt doubled off the left field wall to open the fourth. Kubel hit the next pitch from Fiers into the right field stands for his first homer of the year to give the Diamondbacks the lead for good, 3-2. Arizona scored another run in the inning to make it 4-2 on singles by Eric Chavez, Cliff Pennington and Gerardo Parra.
Arizona stretched the lead to 6-2 in the fifth when Miguel Montero walked and Goldschmidt hit a 1-1 pitch from Fiers into the left field bleachers for his second homer of the year. Fiers finished the inning, but was replaced to start the sixth after throwing 97 pitches.
After going 6-4 with a 1.80 ERA in his first 13 appearances last year as a rookie, Fiers struggled in his last 10 starts of 2012, going 3-6 with a 6.99 ERA. In spring training, he had a 6.98 ERA in 19 1-3 innings.
Pitching for the first time in eight days since starting against Cincinnati in spring training on May 29, Corbin allowed a sacrifice fly to Gonzalez in the first and an RBI double for Segura in the second as the Brewers opened a 2-1 lead. He then threw four scoreless innings, departing after six innings.
NOTES: OF Cody Ross went 0 for 3 Friday night in a rehab start for High-A Visalia. Ross is on the DL with a strained left calf. ... INF-OF Josh Prince was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take Ramirez's place on the roster. He entered the game in the seventh and flied out in both of his at-bats. ... Brewers LF Khris Davis doubled for his first major league hit in the second. ... A pitch by LHP Michael Gonzalez that was ruled a wild pitch Friday night was changed by the official scorer on Saturday to a passed ball by C Jonathan Lucroy. Two runners scored on the decisive play in Arizona's 3-1 victory.