Brewers close out exhibition season with 5-4 win over White Sox

Norm Hall

Two days until Opening Day

Win: Zach Kroenke
Loss: Dylan Axelrod
Save: Donovan Hand

HR: Weeks (3), Dunn (4)

Box Score

The Brewers close out the exhibition season the same way they opened it: Victorious.

Milwaukee took the early lead in the first inning as Rickie Weeks launched a home run that also scored Norichika Aoki, who had reached via error. Chicago came back with four runs of their own in the fourth and fifth inning. Adam Dunn hit a solo homer off of Jim Henderson before a Jean Segura error helped the White Sox score three more runs against Tom Gorzelanny. The error came after an Alexei Ramirez double and was proceeded by another double, a single, an out, and a third double. The second double came with the added bonus of a throwing error by Hainley Statia.

The Brewers bats came back to life in the eighth inning, however. Blake Davis singled and was driven in by a Jonathan Lucroy double. Lucroy moved to third after Caleb Gindl lined out, and was doubled in by Sean Halton. Logan Schafer than singled home Halton and, after Blake Lalli walked, Yuniesky stupid-face Betancourt ended the rally by grounding out.

Even with 12 hits as a team, Norichika Aoki was the only Brewers hitter to get on base twice today.

Outside of Henderson and Gorzelanny, Burke Badenhop, Michael Gonzalez, John Axford, Chris Narveson, Zack Kroenke, and Donovan Hand all had scoreless outings. They all pitched one inning except Kroenke, who pitched two. Narveson and Hand were the only two to not allow a baserunner while Axford (along with Gorzelanny) was the only one to allow more than one baserunner.

The exhibition season is finally over! Now it's on to the games that really matter, starting on Monday at Miller Park as the Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies. Yovani Gallardo gets the start against Jhoulys Chacin. I'll be there, as will many of you, I'm sure.

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