LOS ANGELES -- Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers woke up Wednesday with a few more friends than the night before. Fiers pitched seven sparkling innings in his first Major League start and, with help from the bullpen and a Ryan Braun homer, led the Brewers to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday night. It was pretty clear that things had changed for the 26-year-old. "There were a lot of friend requests on Facebook and a lot of unknown cell numbers on my phone," he said with a smile.
He didn't mind. Fiers is a terrific success story, a finesse pitcher from a Florida high school not known for baseball who attended three different colleges, overcame injuries from a major car accident in 2008 that cost him an entire season and never got any attention until his senior year. Fiers credited former Angels Minor League pitcher Felipe Suarez, his junior college pitching coach, for putting him on the right path. And Brewers area scout Charlie Sullivan, the first scout to ever show interest. The Brewers wound up taking Fiers in the 22nd round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. "Things happen for a reason," Fiers said.