Jason Kendall has been around the baseball block a few times while playing 13 seasons in the major leagues.
Yet, in his own quiet, understated way, Kendall was pumped when he heard the Brewers had acquired CC Sabathia from Cleveland.
"We're talking about the (2007) Cy Young winner," Kendall said. "There's definitely a buzz in the clubhouse. We already had a very good team. You get somebody of that caliber, that's something. It's very cool."
That was the general reaction Monday in the home clubhouse at Miller Park as the Brewers, already the hottest team in the National League, wrapped their collective minds around the idea of having the biggest catch on the pitching market on their side.
All-Star right-hander Ben Sheets didn't seem to mind one bit going from ace to co-ace overnight.
"What's not to like?" Sheets said. "This is good for us, good for the fans. We were fine as we were. This makes us that much better."
Rockies 4, Brewers 3
Too little, too late for the Brewers, who were blanked for seven innings by Ubaldo Jimenez before rallying for three runs in the eighth off reliever Taylor Buchholz. Brewers starter Seth McClung struggled with a tight strike zone, walking five hitters in 42/3 innings. He allowed only three hits and two runs, but that was enough to get beat on this night. The Brewers didn't help themselves by getting picked off base twice. Left fielder Ryan Braun had a tough night, smoking two balls that were turned into double plays.
--Righty Jeff Suppan went on the disabled list with irritation in his elbow. Suppan had been tagged for 30 hits and 21 runs (18 earned) in his last 152/3 innings. The Brewers used his roster spot to activate newly acquired lefty Sabathia.
--Right fielder Corey Hart collected his team-leading 31st multi-hit game by going 2-for-4 against Colorado.
--Second baseman Rickie Weeks was out of the starting lineup against the Rockies. Weeks had only one hit in his last 12 at-bats and is batting .200 since coming off the DL (sprained knee) on June 22.
--Southpaw Manny Parra, who had his scheduled turn today pushed back three days to accommodate Sabathia, pitched one inning of relief against the Rockies. Parra's next start will be Friday against Cincinnati.
--McClung is 1-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 11 appearances (four starts) on the road and 4-3 with a 5.08 ERA in nine appearances (five starts) at home.