Matt Garza Roughed Up In First Spring Start


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After a sleepless night, starting pitcher Matt Garza struggled in his Brewers’ spring training debut against the Colorado Rockies.

The first three Rockies’ batters reached to start the game, with Carlos Gonzalez driving in a run. Michael McKenry drove in two runs with a double and Brandon Barnes added an RBI single. Garza was pulled after the first inning.

Garza said he was a bit too excited out on the mound. Quotes courtesy of

"Mentally, it was more of a [workout]. Your body, you’ve been training enough to do this, but mentally, you have to be able to control the emotions. I worked all offseason to be able to come out and play, and now you get to play and you’re just excited. Everything was just fast and flying for me."

Garza, who the Brewers signed to a four-year, $50 million contract, had trouble controlling his fastball and his usually effective changeup didn’t do its job.

However, on the backs of three home runs, the Brewers took down the Rockies with a 6-5 victory. Rickie Weeks, Hector Gomez and Khris Davis all homered for the Crew.