MILWAUKEE (AP) — Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss is confident that Christian Friedrich has the stuff to be a major league success. Executing pitches is another matter.
Friedrich gave up a leadoff home run to Rickie Weeks and took his second loss in less than a week to the Milwaukee Brewers, who defeated the struggling Rockies 7-4 Thursday night.
"It's all about consistency and as a pitcher, you have to be able to command your stuff and pitch ahead of hitters," Weiss said. "He's got good stuff. He's got a good fastball and a real good breaking ball. He got a lot of swings and misses tonight."
Friedrich's outing got off to a rough start when Weeks knocked his first pitch over the left-field wall. Aramis Ramirez added a two-run shot later in the inning.
"Those are two pitches that weren't executed," Friedrich said. "The first pitch of the game, I left it over the plate and (Weeks) got a hold of it and hit it real well. With Aramis, you can't make a mistake. I should have buried something there or made sure it was out of the zone. It was supposed to be a fastball in, but it didn't get in enough."
Weeks had three hits and Wily Peralta (9-5) won his fifth consecutive start for the Brewers, who handed Colorado its ninth defeat in 11 games.
"The first pitch he sees, he just turns on it. A great swing," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said of Weeks. "He had a good night swinging the bat."
Peralta allowed three straight singles in the fourth before Ryan Wheeler hit a grand slam that gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead.
"I've hit one grand slam in Triple-A, but this trumps it by a long haul," Wheeler said.
In the fifth, Weeks led off with a double and moved to third on Ryan Braun's single. Weeks scored on Lucroy's single off the top of the wall in straightaway center. Drew Stubbs nearly caught the drive, keeping Braun from advancing beyond second base.
A sacrifice fly by Khris Davis put the Brewers ahead 5-4.
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