SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Lohse showed he's not too far from being ready to pitch in the regular season.
Lohse had a solid debut three days after signing a $33 million, three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, pitching into the fourth inning of a 6-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.
Lohse gave up two first-inning hits, including a run-scoring double by Carlos Gonzalez, but settled down after that. He also gave up doubles to Todd Helton to lead off the second and Dexter Fowler to lead off the third. He did not walk a batter and struck out two. Overall he gave up a run and four hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Lohse was pitching to players at nearby Scottsdale Community junior college and Grand Canyon University in Phoenix before signing with Milwaukee.
"It was a good workout. I gave up those couple of hits early, but started to get the feel for pitching," said Lohse, who was 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts for St. Louis last season.
He threw 54 pitches and said he told manager Ron Roenicke and pitching coach Rick Kranitz that he could keep going, "but I'm not Superman. I am doing what they want me to do."
Lohse said he worked well with his new catcher, Jonathan Lucroy.
When Lohse threw about 40 pitches during an off day on Tuesday at the Brewers' complex in west Phoenix, Lucroy did the catching.
"It was great. He didn't have to do that," Lohse said. "We talked quite a bit about my approach and what I like from a catcher. I think we will be fine."
He isn't sure about his next step.
"We'll see where I'm at tomorrow (Friday) as far as any soreness," he said.
Lohse is expected to make his regular-season debut during the team's second home series against Arizona. The Brewers were to fly to Milwaukee Thursday night.