Brewers Defeated by Royals, 3-2: Cactus League Title a Distant Afterthought

Burke Badassenhop - USA TODAY Sports

It's like they aren't even TRYING to win the Cactus League.

Win: Tim Collins
Loss: Santo Manzanillo
Save: Michael Mariot

Box Score

The perfect spring training is over for Carlos Gomez. After getting on base in all of his five plate appearances before today, he went just 1-3 against the Royals. He failed to draw a walk, but did strike out and commit a fielding error.

Despite Gomez's relatively poor performance, Milwaukee still jumped out to a 2-1 lead after two innings. Norichika Aoki led off the game with a walk and was immediately driven in on a Logan Schafer double. Chris Narveson's first outing back from injury didn't go so well, as he gave up two singles, a walk and a run in the first inning and couldn't make it longer than the first out in the second inning.

Narveson still left with the lead, though, as the Brewers bats put a second run up in the second inning. Taylor Green and Donnie Murphy, both of whom are fighting for roster spots, drew walks, with Green getting caught stealing second base because for whatever reason, Taylor Green tried stealing second base. I get that it's spring training, but come on.

Blake Lalli ended up doubling in Murphy, and Green getting caught turned out to cost Milwaukee a run as Sean Halton followed that up with a single. Blake Lalli got thrown out at home on the play. Baserunning wasn't exactly the Brewers strong suit today.

Long story short, the Brewers bullpen didn't hold the lead. You can take the players out of the bullpen, but it's still the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen. Josh Stinson gave up a run on three hits in two innings and Santo Manzanillo allowed a run on two walks and a hit in one inning.

Other notable stuff:

  • Burke Badenhop pitched in his first game as a Brewer. We'll say that again when he pitches in his first official game as a Brewer. He did pretty well in this first first game as a Brewer, striking out two while walking one in an inning.
  • The less-notable Alfredo Figaro also pitched in his first game of the spring, with a clean eighth inning.
  • Martin Maldonado also got caught stealing. Among those who didn't try stealing despite reaching base: Carlos Gomez, Norchika Aoki. This seems right.
  • Logan Schafer went 3-3. He is hitting .455 this spring thus far.
  • Caleb Gindl singled in his only at-bat.
  • Khris Davis played! He grounded out in spectacular fashion!

The Brewers play the White Sox in Maryvale tomorrow. Should be neat.

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