Juan Nicasio showed flashes of dominance in 5⅔ innings but ran into trouble in the fourth and sixth innings of the Rockies' 4-3 loss to the Brewers at Salt River Fields on Thursday.
Nicasio allowed only three hits but wound up surrendering three runs thanks to a trio of free passes. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth, when he gave up a two-out double to Caleb Gindl which scored two runners, both of whom were on base after drawing walks.
The Rockies' soon-to-be No. 4 starter worked a clean fifth before giving up back-to-back doubles to Carlos Gomez and Rickie Weeks on his first two pitches of the sixth inning to tie up the game. Nicasio retired the next two batters he faced before giving way to Tommy Kahnle, who made Lyle Overbay look silly while striking out to end the inning.
Boone Logan, who made his first appearance of the spring, allowed the go-ahead run an inning later on a bases-loaded walk after giving up three singles, only one of which was hit particularly hard. Logan got only two outs in the inning, but one was a strikeout of Rickie Weeks on a nice slider.
Big-league bullpen stalwarts Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers both had some traffic on the bases in their respective innings of work, but neither allowed a run. Unfortunately, the Rockies couldn't get the tying run to cross the plate, going down without much of a fight in the eighth and ninth innings.
Brandon Barnes was the offensive star of the day for the Rockies, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run. He's hitting .381 this spring. Tim Wheeler added a double later in the game and Drew Stubbs went 1-for-2 with a walk hitting behind Barnes.
Michael Cuddyer drove in a run in the first with an RBI single and Charlie Culberson was credited with an RBI that same inning when Stubbs alertly scored on his foul pop-up that didn't go much farther up the line than the Rockies' dugout.
Colorado will be back in action on Friday against the Indians at Salt River Fields. Jorge De La Rosa will start for the Rockies opposite Justin Masterson, who has yet to allow an earned run this spring.
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