Rockies drop Brewers in final tuneup

Rockies drop Brewers in final tuneup

at Maryvale Baseball Park
Saturday, April 1

Rockies at the plate: Todd Helton ran his spring hitting streak to 12 games when he hit an opposite-field, two-run home run in the Rockies' four-run fourth inning. Garrett Atkins and Luis Gonzalez also had RBIs in the inning as the Rockies beat the Brewers for the second straight day. Colorado's .586 winning percentage in Spring Training was a franchise-best.

Brewers at the plate: J.J. Hardy hit a solo homer but the Brewers couldn't muster much else. The team finished Spring Training with losses in seven of its last eight games.

Rockies on the mound: After Sun-Woo Kim pitched a scoreless first inning, left-hander Jeff Francis took over and worked six stellar frames, allowing two hits, including Hardy's solo homer. Francis walked three and struck out one.

Brewers on the mound: Right-hander Dave Bush, pitching on short rest, held Colorado scoreless through the first three innings but surrendered four in the fourth. In 3 2/3 total innings Bush allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits.

Cactus League records: Rockies 17-12-2; Brewers 14-16-1.

Up next: Both teams returned home after Saturday's game and will host season openers on Monday. Rockies right-hander Jason Jennings is the scheduled starter against Brandon Webb and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field, while Brewers lefty Doug Davis is scheduled to face Pittsburgh's Oliver Perez at Miller Park.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.