PHOENIX -- Lyle Overbay is starting to hit the way the Milwaukee Brewers knew he could and the Arizona Diamondbacks wished he had.
Overbay, acquired in the Richie Sexson trade last winter, doubled three times and drove in five runs in Milwaukee's 13-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday.
The Brewers hope to be more than the all-or-nothing team they were with Sexson as their lone slugger.
If the spring is any indication, they will be just that. They have only 10 home runs but lead all NL teams with 57 doubles, including seven by Overbay and eight by Junior Spivey, who also came over in the Sexson deal.
Overbay tagged right-hander Ben Howard for an RBI double down the left-field line in the first and a three-run double into the gap in left-center in the second.
"I think last year during the season I was trying to yank and trying to do too much instead of taking that ball the other way," said the left-handed hitting Overbay. "I'm putting the ball in play a lot more."
Wes Obermueller gave up two runs and six hits in three innings. He was slated to go six innings but reached his pitch limit early, not because of wildness but because the Padres kept fouling off good pitches.
Mark Loretta went 3-for-3 for San Diego, raising his average to .512. Full story
Wonder if this guy will realize his potential in a new enviroment.