Richie Sexson’s return to Miller Park was not successful, but his replacements in Milwaukee certainly enjoyed it.
Sexson, traded from Milwaukee for six players during the offseason, will try to help the Arizona Diamondbacks snap a three-game losing streak when they meet the Brewers in the middle game of their series.
While Sexson went 0-for-4 in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss, the four everyday players acquired by Milwaukee in the trade combined for eight hits.
Lyle Overbay, Sexson’s replacement at first base, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and second baseman Junior Spivey also finished 3-for-4. Craig Counsell and Chad Moeller both collected singles against their former team.
Sexson was impressed with the Brewers’ new additions.
“I think Milwaukee’s definitely gotten better from it,” Sexson said. “I still root for them, I still check the papers every day to see how they’re doing, and call Geoff (Jenkins) as many times as I can to see what’s going on because he’s one of my best friends.”
Sexson, who had hit in four of his previous five games, said he was not feeling any extra pressure against the Brewers.
“I had a rough night no matter whether you’re playing in Milwaukee or Houston,” Sexson said. “Wherever it may be, it’s frustrating to have a game like this.”
With the Diamondbacks owning just four wins in 13 games, manager Bob Brenly is threatening some lineup changes.
“I’m not making any promises at this point,” he said. “We’re getting near the point where we need to start seeing some results. If we don’t, then we’re going to have to make some changes. It’s not a threat, it’s just what we have to do.”
One change Brenly will be forced to make is finding a replacement for Roberto Alomar. The 12-time All-Star broke a bone in his right hand on Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch from Ben Sheets. The 36-year-old second baseman was placed on the disabled list for the first time since 1998 and is expected to miss at least six weeks.
“At my age, you don’t want to be on the DL for so long,” Alomar said. “In the game of baseball, you never know when it will be over. But you never get prepared for this. I can cheer, that’s all I can do right now.”
Alomar was batting .222 at the time of his injury.