Brewers Allow Two Late Rallies, Lose to Athletics 8-6 and Mariners 7-4

Athletics 8, Brewers (SS) 6

WP: Jordan Norberto (1-0)
LP: Frankie De La Cruz (1-2)
SV: Evan Scribner (1)

HR: Manny Ramirez (1), Josh Reddick (1), Martin Maldonado (1)

The Brewers got off to a quick start by loading the bases in the first inning with one out, but Taylor Green struck out and Mike Rivera grounded out to end the inning. The Athletics got on the board in the second inning with two runs, aided by errors from Mat Gamel and Logan Schafer. The Brewers also had runners at second and third in the third inning thanks to a double-steal, but failed to score as well.

In the sixth inning, the bats came out in full force. A walk by Gamel and a single by Green put two men on for Schafer, who singled in Gamel to put the Brewers on the board. Martin Maldonado followed that up with a three-run home run to get the Brewers ahead 4-2. The Athletics would return the favor in their half of the sixth with a solo home run by Josh Reddick, cutting the lead to 4-3.

The game fell apart in the seventh inning, when Frankie De La Cruz and Amaury Rivas combined to allow five runs, three of them earned. The two unearned runs came as a result of an interference error by Maldonado. The Brewers would get two runs back in the 8th inning on RBI singles from Paul Phillips and Eric Farris.

Michael Fiers had a bit of a rough outing, allowing two runs in two innings, but only one was earned, and he struck out four as well. Zack Braddock also had a rough inning, allowing a hit, a walk, a wild pitch, and a balk, but got through it without allowing a run thanks to two strikeouts. Cody Scarpetta had a clean inning, and Tim Dillard allowed a home run in his one inning of work. Frankie De La Cruz allowed four runs (three earned) and did not record an out. Rivas also allowed a run (unearned), but worked around four hits and a walk to allow no other damage.

Logan Schafer continued his hot spring with three hits in four at bats.

Mariners 7, Brewers (SS) 4

WP: Sean Henn (1-0)
LP: Mark Rogers (0-1)

HR: Travis Ishikawa (2), George Kottaras (1)

The Brewers got on the board early with a home run by Travis Ishikawa, but Seattle tied it in the 6th with a sacrfice fly from Dustin Ackley. The Brewers retook the lead in their half of the 6th with a Alex Gonzalez double to score Aramis Ramirez, but it was tied back up in the top of the 7th with a Kyle Seager single.

Zack Greinke was on today. In three innings, he struck out five while only walking one and allowing one hit. Kameron Loe and John Axford followed him with clean innings. Francisco Rodriguez and Manny Parra came out in the next two innings and allowed one run each, allowing the Mariners to tie the game. Mark Rogers was good in his first inning, but collapsed in his second inning. He allowed four runs (all earned) on two hits and a walk, only recording one out in the ninth before Mike McClendon replaced him. He also allowed a run in the ninth.

George Kottaras hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to make it 7-4, but it ended with groundouts by Scooter Gennett and Kentrail Davis.

Aramis Ramirez finally got a hit today to end his hitless spring, and ended up collecting two, both doubles. Alex Gonzalez and Travis Ishikawa also had multi-hit games.

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