DENVER -- The deciding hit in the Rockies' 5-4 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday was pinch-hitter Jody Gerut's double down the right-field line against left-handed reliever Randy Flores.
Gerut's hit was not hard at all. It was a dribbler that went just past diving first baseman Jason Giambi. But any big hit off a lefty raises questions about when Joe Beimel will be activated.
Beimel signed late in Spring Training and pitched three scoreless Cactus League games, but manager Jim Tracy determined that it wasn't enough to allow him to start the season in the Majors. Beimel will essentially continue his Spring Training, in Tucson and when he joins Triple-A Colorado Springs.
"When I sat with Joe Beimel in Albuquerque to tell him that we needed him to go to Triple-A and pitch a few more times, Joe didn't agree with me and told me so," Tracy said. "I'm fine with that. I explained my reasoning for it and he said to me, 'Trace, I don't agree with it, but I'm going to do it.' And I said to him, 'The fact that you don't agree with it, you're allowed to do that with me.'"
The results haven't been good for Flores, who gave up two hits and walked one, with one strikeout, in two appearances against the Brewers, but the confidence is there. He also feels the pitches are there.
"You get a groundball and a strikeout [Wednesday], you'll take that line more often than not," Flores said.