The Brewers' hopes of an undefeated spring came to a sudden end today in Maryvale.
Spring training, regular season or playoffs, the rule remains the same: If you can't throw strikes, you're probably in for a long day. The Brewers demonstrated that today as their first four pitchers to the mound combined for eight walks, two wild pitches and a hit batsman and the Indians cashed in en route to an 8-4 Cactus League victory.
Mark Rogers had a troublesome first outing of the spring today, allowing two runs on a pair of hits and three walks while failing to complete the second inning. He got bailed out of a jam in the first inning when a line drive to center turned into an 8-6 putout and a caught stealing ended the threat, but had two men on again in the second when he was lifted.
Later, Taylor Jungmann pitched a scoreless fourth inning today in his spring debut before working his way into trouble in the fifth. He did not allow a hit but walked three and hit a batter while failing to finish his scheduled two innings, and ended up being charged with two runs. Josh Stinson had the Brewers' longest clean outing today, pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth inning. Brandon Kintzler also worked two innings, but allowed a run.
Meanwhile, Norichika Aoki and Logan Schafer each had two-hit games today with a double apiece, and Caleb Gindl got a start in left field and drove in a pair of runs with a first inning single. All four of the Brewer runs scored in the first on four hits, a walk and an error. They had six more hits after that, but couldn't push a run across.
The Brewers continue their Cactus League schedule with a pair of contests tomorrow, with Hiram Burgos pitching for the home team against the Padres and Tyler Thornburg heading out with the road crew to face the Reds. Both games are at 2 pm Central time.