Recap: Brewers 4, Athletics 6

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Despite strong pitching early on, the Brewers fall to the A's in the bottom of the 9th.

Winning Pitcher: Jeff Urlaub

Losing Pitcher: Johnny Hellweg

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The offense was quiet in the first inning with both sides going three up and three down. Wily Peralta opened on the mound for the Brewers. In the past Martin Maldonado acted as Peralta's personal catcher but Ron Roenicke has stated his intent to change that dynamic this year. And so today Jonathan Lucroy was catching. It went well in the first inning. Peralta got a line out, strike out, and a ground out.

The Brewers made some noise in the second inning. Lyle Overbay drew a walk and was able to reach third base on a single from Logan Schafer. Overbay would then score on a sacrifice fly from Martin Maldonado. Schafer stole an important base as it would allow him to score on a single from Caleb Gindl to give the Brewers and early 2-0 lead. Peralta would again retire the Athletics in order.

The Brewers offense continued to chug along in the third inning. Rickie Weeks drew a walk and Jean Segura advanced him to second with a base hit. Lucroy would then load the bases with a line drive. Weeks would score and Segura would advance to third on the sac fly by Khris Davis. Wily Peralta wasn't quite as crisp this inning. He gave up a double, but the runner was erased on a fielder's choice. With two outs, Peralta issued a walk to Coco Crisp. After a trip to the mound from Lucroy, Peralta ended the inning with his third strikeout of the day. On the broadcast Joe Block noted the third strike came off a change-up, which is a pitch that Peralta has been working on improving.

Irving Falu hit a two out double followed by another walk from Weeks, but that was all for the Brewers in the fourth inning. Tyler Thornburg replaced Peralta. He retired the A's in order with a fly out, strike out, and another fly out.

Lucroy lead off the fifth inning with his second single of the day. Khris Davis then hit into a fielder's choice. Lyle Overbay moved him to second with a line drive base hit. Logan Schafer and Martin Maldonado were unable to drive them in. Thornburg allowed a base hit and nothing else in another solid inning of work. He struck out one batter.

Gindl bagged his second base hit of the day to open the sixth inning. Irving Falu gifted an out to the A's in order to advance Gindl to second with a sac bunt. Fortunately for the Brewers, the A's would return the favor and allow Gindl to score on an error which also allowed Bianchi to reach base and then take second. He would then steal third base, but with two outs Lucroy was unable to drive him in. Thornburg returned for a third inning of work. He struck out the first batter but then gave up a home run to catcher John Jaso. Thornburg the retired the next two batters with fly outs to end the inning.

Except for a single and a stolen base by Logan Schafer, the Brewers weren't able to muster much offense in the 7th.  Jimmy Nelson took the mound for the Brewers. He made quick work of the A's getting a strike out and inducing two ground outs.

In the eighth inning, Eugenio Velez reached on a throwing error by Jake Elmore, but then got caught stealing. Jason Rogers drew a two out walk but it wouldn't matter as the next batter, Jeff Bianchi, popped up for the third out. Jimmy Nelson returned for a second inning of work. He allowed a base hit to the first batter, struck out the second batter, and gave up a line drive to put runners at second and third. The next batter struck out. The runners would advance on a wild pitch from Nelson and the A's would draw within two runs. Another base hit could cut the lead down to one. A fly out to center would end the inning.

Jeff Urlaub induced three straight ground outs by Brewers batters in the 9th. Johnny Hellweg made his spring training debut to close out the game for the Brewers. It did not go well. The first batter reached with a double. The next batter would tie the game with a bloop single. The game would end in the next at-bat with walk off home run by Luke Montz. The Athletics won 6 to 4.

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