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MILWAUKEE -- Brewers coaches hope the younger pitchers on their staff have been watching veteran newcomer Kyle Lohse pound the strike zone.

Lohse is still seeking a victory, but he has delivered three quality starts in as many outings and has a 2.70 ERA while throwing 70.5 percent of his pitches for strikes, including 65.8 percent of his first pitches.

Compare that to the youngest member of the rotation, Wily Peralta, who has thrown 59.2 percent strikes overall and 57.5 percent on the first pitch.

"When we got [Shaun] Marcum two years ago, that's what the guys saw from him," manager Ron Roenicke said. "And we talked about it, and he said when he was in Toronto, that's what they harped on. First pitch down in the zone, and trying to get ahead of hitters. He did it really well and was, I thought, a huge example to the other guys. He was our best pitcher [in 2011] for, I don't know what it was, four months? And I think it helped the rest of the pitching staff.

"So with what they see from Kyle, I'm hoping they see the same thing, especially now that we have younger guys. The younger guys need to see how the veterans pitch and are successful, and what they do when they get themselves in trouble. We talked to Wily [on Wednesday about his disappointing start the night before]. I want him to learn from that."

Lohse's outing on Wednesday was significant in that it was the first time the game circumstances allowed him to cross the 100-pitch threshold. The Brewers had been careful with him because of his severely abbreviated Spring Training.

"I did all my work, I just wasn't in camp," Lohse said. "The first two [starts] I felt strong enough to keep going, but situations said otherwise. I was telling everyone I felt good, even though I didn't have a spring."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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