Marlins 7, Brewers 1
MILWAUKEE (AP)—It took right-hander David Manning 12 years to reach the major leagues. His stay might not last much more than a week.
“It’s tough. You want to make up for 12 years in one game,” Manning said.
It was his second straight rough outing since getting called up to fill in for injured starter Glendon Rusch. At 0-2 with an ERA of 16.19, Manning’s days in the rotation, if not the majors, could be over before his 31st birthday on Thursday.
“Everybody here feels bad for him because he spent a lot of time in the minor leagues and you want him to do good,” Brewers catcher Eddie Perez said. “Hopefully he can get another chance and hopefully he can pitch better.”
Manager Ned Yost wouldn’t commit to giving Manning another shot.
“We’ll evaluate that in the next day or so,” Yost said.
One option is calling up left-hander Luis Martinez, who is 2-0 at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he hasn’t given up a run in 26 1-3 innings since getting promoted from Double-A Huntsville, where he was 9-5.
“I can’t control that,” Manning said. “If I go back to Triple-A, if I stay here, I’ll have the ball in my hand, I’ll be able to control it better. I just know I’ll be better.
“That’s the thing about playing 12 years in the minor leagues is you learn resiliency. And I’m resilient.”
Manning said nerves got the best of him and he overthrew his breaking pitches and his sinker didn’t sink, so his fastball got tattooed.
“I can’t throw 120 mph. Who can?” he said. “That’s inexperience pitching in the big leagues. I don’t care how many years you pitched in the minor leagues.”
Manning allowed four earned runs on four hits in the first inning and needed 36 pitches to retire the side. That made it easy for Redman to dominate the Brewers for the third time this season.
Redman (10-5) allowed one run on six hits in eight innings, including just two harmless singles after the second. He walked one and struck out seven in sending the Brewers to their fourth straight loss.
“It makes it easy when the guy has command of all his pitches and keeps the ball down,” Marlins catcher Mike Redmond said. “He kept them off-balance and seemed to know when they were going to swing.
“He’s been doing it all year for us, basically doing the same stuff, throwing changeups and fastballs whenever and wherever he wanted.”
Especially against the Brewers.
He is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in three starts against Milwaukee this season.
“I’ve fared well against them this year, so that helps my confidence. Then again, they’ve seen me three times and nothing’s going to be a surprise,” Redman said. “You still have to execute.”
The Brewers, who grounded into inning-ending double plays three times in the last four innings Friday night, hit into double plays to end the first and second innings Saturday night.
Alex Gonzalez’s two-run single in the third made it 6-1 and chased Manning, who didn’t begrudge Yost for yanking him with the pitcher due up.
“No, the thing is he’s got a heart. I was already up to (74) pitches. He doesn’t want to leave me out there to get hurt or he probably saw that I was overthrowing,” Manning said.
OF Mark Smith went 2-for-4 for Milwaukee, picking up his first hit since Oct. 7, 2001, against the Mets while with Montreal with a second-inning double. … Sexson, who is 6-foot-8, has become an odd site during batting practice by fielding groundballs at shortstop. Yost said Sexson wasn’t goofing around. “That’s for a purpose there. That’s to get his arm stretched out,” hesaid.