MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Dave Bush worked out a little harder in the
offseason, knowing he wasn't assured of a spot in his new team's
Carrying momentum from a stellar spring training, Bush gave up
two hits in seven innings and Derrick Turnbow got his fourth save
in four games to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona
Diamondbacks 3-1 on Friday night.
"I came into spring training to try to win a job, so I had to
be ready to go," Bush said.
The Brewers have won their first four games of the season for
the first time since 1987, and pitching has played a critical role
in the quick start.
Even with staff ace Ben Sheets rehabilitating a shoulder injury,
the Brewers have gotten good outings from their first four
Then there's Turnbow, who became the first pitcher to save each
of his team's first four games of the season since the save become
an official statistic in 1969.
Turnbow's first few outings have been successful, but have not
come without drama. He walked Orlando Hudson to lead off the ninth
on Friday, but got Chad Tracy to ground into a double play. He then
retired Luis Gonzalez, who homered in the second inning, for the
"It's tough when you start the season with the workload that he
had," Yost said.
Bush, a converted closer from his college days at Wake Forest,
"That's tough at this point in the year," Bush said. "He's
one of the best guys out there."
"Dave Bush was really, really good," manager Ned Yost said.
"(He) had quick innings, kept his pitch count down, got us through
seven. That was big."
Bush struck out the side in the seventh, a sign that he carried
strength deep into the game.
"He was just effective enough to keep our hitters off balance
all night," Gonzalez said.
But Yost pinch-hit for Bush in the bottom half of the inning to
try to add an insurance run.
"He probably could have got us through eight," Yost said.
"But then again, the opportunity to tack on another run was big."
Bush is still getting used to the way games are managed in the
National League, but understood that the move was a "no-brainer"
for his manager.
"A pretty easy call for Ned," Bush said.
Rickie Weeks hit an RBI triple and later scored in the second
inning, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. Weeks scored after Damian
Miller hit a ground ball back to pitcher Russ Ortiz, who reached
behind his back in an attempt to stab the ball with his glove.
Ortiz knocked the ball down, allowing Weeks to score, and threw
Miller out at first.
"If it doesn't hit his glove, it probably goes through and we
get a double play," manager Bob Melvin said.
Ortiz (0-1) took the loss after giving up three runs in six
"Other than that one little stretch there, I thought he threw
the ball nice," Melvin said.
He pitched out of a jam in the fourth after giving up a single
and two walks to load the bases with one out for Prince Fielder.
Ortiz jammed Fielder with an inside pitch, and the ball bounced in
fair territory in front of the plate. Ortiz scooped up the ball and
flipped to catcher Johnny Estrada for a force at home, and Estrada
threw to first to double up Fielder.
"I felt like I was right around the zone the whole night,"
Carlos Lee hit his second homer of the season in the sixth to
give the Brewers a 3-1 lead.
The Brewers haven't exactly lit up the scoreboard in their first
four games, but it hasn't mattered.
"Just get a base hit here and there," Weeks said.
Sheets made a rehab start for Double-A Huntsville Thursday,
throwing 49 pitches. He is expected to make another minor league
start on Tuesday, where his pitch count will be approximately 70.
"(We'll) see where he goes, and we'll adjust from that," Yost
said. "There's no really set plan." Yost got occasional updates
on Sheets' start from his 80-year-old father-in-law, who attended
the game in Pearl, Miss. and called Yost at least three times. ...
Melvin spoke highly of right-hander Luis Vizcaino, who was acquired
from the Chicago White Sox in a December trade: "He's been great
for us, all spring and so far, so good in the regular season." ...
The Brewers won their first 13 games in 1987.