WP: Donovan Hand
LP: Francisley Bueno
On Pet Adoption Day at Marvyale, the Brewers had plenty more going on than Hank the Dog. In fact, the game featured the Brewers' first-ever challenge, which was a loser.
In the first inning, Ron Roenicke challenged a non-call on a hit-by-pitch during Martin Maldonado's at bat. The review process was actually pretty lengthy, but alas, Roenicke came up short, and the first inning was over shortly thereafter.
Not that it wasn't a productive inning. The Brewers chased Royals starter John Lamb after recording just two outs, socking him around for four runs on four doubles by Mark Reynolds, Rickie Weeks, Elian Herrera, and, notably, Aramis Ramirez in his first spring at-bat. Replacing John Lamb was ... no lie ... Sugar Ray! Who popped Weeks up to end the inning.
Roenicke persuaded the umpires to review two more calls in the ninth. The first was a safe call at first base in which replay showed Sean Halton off the bag; needless to say, Roenicke lost. He also lost a challenge on a weird play in which Donovan Hand attempted to tag a runner and dropped the ball, which was picked up by the third baseman.
Marco Estrada allowed three runs over three innings in his third game of the season. Norichika Aoki, who was traded to the Royals in the offseason for Will Smith, did most of the damage, singling in two runs. Estrada struck out just one on the day.
Jim Henderson saw game action again and revealed his newly developed pitch, a changeup which he used to strike out Alex Gordon. Henderson later said he would use it primarily against lefties to keep them from cheating on his mid-90s fastball. Unfortunately, that was probably the highlight of Henderson's outing, as he allowed two runs to score on a walk and a pair of singles.
The Royals scored their go-ahead run in the ninth, but the Brewers answered. Mitch Haniger continued his torrid spring with a double, and Jeff Bianchi singled him in. Naturally, Sean Halton tried to bunt, but mercifully would up singling to left-center to put the winning run at 2nd. Uncle Ron bunted again to put Bianchi at third base with one out. Eugenio Velez intentionally walked to load the bases, which is probably the only time you'll ever read that sentence.
That left it up to catcher Robinson Diaz, who took a 1-2 fastball to left center for the comeback victory.