Milwaukee Brewers defeat Arizona Diamondbacks, 17-3

Phoenix — Asked before the game how he chose Jody Gerut over Corey Hart to start in right field, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ken Macha smiled.

"Flipped a coin," he said.

Macha was kidding, of course. Otherwise, he'd have one keeper of a coin.

Gerut, who entered the game batting .133 for the season and .048 (1-for-21) against right-handed pitchers, put together his best offensive showing of the season to help the Brewers break open the game early against the Arizona ...

The raw, undisputed talent is the attractive part of the package.

There is the speed that turns his image into a blur, like a cheapskate disposable camera trying to capture a gazelle in full stride.

And the cannon arm that makes any base runner take stock of their sanity before rounding a base too hard or attempting to stretch a hit into anything more than it should be.

Then there is the body that houses the materials, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame constructed of le...

Phoenix — One of the major off-season goals of the Brewers' decision-makers was to put together a starting rotation that would go deeper into games and take some pressure off the bullpen.

Six weeks into the season, that mission has not been accomplished.

"We've had five innings from our starters the last two games," manager Ken Macha said Saturday before the Brewers played the second game of the series against Arizona.

"That's not a good formula."

No, it's not,...