Parra roughed up in loss to Rockies

Parra roughed up in loss to Rockies

at Maryvale Baseball Park
Monday, March 24

Rockies at the plate: Colorado jumped all over Brewers left-hander Manny Parra, batting around in the first inning and scoring four runs on three hits and three walks. Garrett Atkins, Ryan Spilborghs, Chris Ianetta and Jeff Baker drove in a run apiece. Ianetta hit a solo home run with two outs in the third inning.

Brewers at the plate: Prince Fielder hit the ball hard in all three of his at-bats and finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Jason Kendall drove in a pair of runs and Ryan Braun, Joe Dillon, Alcides Escobar, Fielder and Rickie Weeks had two hits each as Milwaukee fought its way back from an early four-run deficit.

Rockies on the mound: Starter Ubaldo Jimenez got a standing ovation from Rockies fans at Maryvale Baseball Park after he surrendered five runs on 10 hits in four-plus innings. Jimenez struck out three batters, but he also walked three and hit a pair with pitches. Former Brewers relievers Luis Vizcaino and Jose Capellan combined for three scoreless innings.

Brewers on the mound: Parra is fighting for a spot in the starting rotation, but he lasted only three innings, surrendering five runs on five hits with four walks. He posted a 0.64 ERA in his first four starts but in his last two outings has surrendered 13 runs in 6 2/3 innings. Relievers Salomon Torres, Derrick Turnbow and Eric Gagne each worked a scoreless inning.

Cactus League records: Rockies 12-10, Brewers 16-10-1.

Up next for the Rockies: Left-handed prospect Franklin Morales, whose performances have varied between outstanding and awful all spring, will try to lock up the No. 4 spot when he faces the White Sox at Hi Corbett Field Tuesday at 2:05 p.m. MT.

Up next for the Brewers: Carlos Villanueva and Dave Bush will make their final bids for the starting rotation on Tuesday, when each right-hander is scheduled to work four innings against the Dodgers at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Brewers have yet to announce their decisions, but Bush will probably win a spot in the rotation based on his experience. Villanueva, though, is battling Parra for a spot on the Opening Day roster.

It's the Brewers' first-ever game against the Dodgers in Spring Training. The Dodgers have been training at the A's spring site in Phoenix since returning from a goodwill trip to China earlier this month. Brad Penny, who is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA this spring, is scheduled to start for L.A.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.