SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Left-handed pitchers Tom Gorzelanny and Michael Gonzalez, signed as free agents in the offseason, made their Brewers debuts on Friday against the Colorado Rockies.
Exactly what any club wants from a relief pitcher, Gorzelanny's debut was uneventful. The 30-year-old pitched the first inning and did not allow a hit. Josh Rutledge was the one player to reach base against Gorzelanny (on an error), but he was picked off shortly after. His inning was capped with a strikeout of Carlos Gonzalez. Gorzelanny threw 12 pitches, seven of which were strikes.
Gonzalez, who signed a one-year, $2.21 million contract in December, pitched the third inning and allowed two runs on three hits. He also recorded a swinging strikeout.
After a season in which the Brewers blew a league-high 29 saves and had a relief ERA of 4.66, it was no secret the bullpen had to be addressed prior to the 2013 season.
The additions of Gorzelanny and Gonzalez, who were teammates with the Washington Nationals in 2012, provide Milwaukee with a pair of reliable lefties.
Gorzelanny appeared in 45 games for the Nationals and posted a 2.88 ERA, the lowest of his career.
Gonzalez pitched in 47 games for Washington and had an ERA of 3.03.