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Kyle Lohse, easily one of the top five starting pitchers on the free-agent market this offseason, became the poster boy for what's wrong with the new qualifying offer system this winter.
The ace of the Cardinals' staff last season, he struggled to find work this winter due to the draft pick compensation attached to signing him.
He finally signed with Milwaukee on March 25, in time to make one spring appearance in which he went 3.2 innings and allowed four hits and one earned run.
He makes his debut opposite last season's surprise NL Rookie of the Year candidate Wade Miley, in a matchup of two teams expected to be on the fringe of contention in the National League this season.
Lohse pitches well, but is pulled after five innings while he continues to get into the flow of things, leaving with a 3-0 lead.
The Brewers' bullpen, which was their Achilles' heel last season, coughs things up as John Axford continues his rocky start to the 2013 campaign.
Milwaukee announces Jim Henderson will slide into the closer's role for the time being while Axford works things out in middle relief.
Diamondbacks 5, Brewers 3