The Indians are one of the best teams in baseball this spring, and they stayed hot today with a 4-2 win over the Brewers. The game featured the Crew's first 2014 look at John Axford, who pitched a scoreless seventh inning while allowing a hit and a walk.
Wily Peralta picked up the loss following a rough outing where he allowed three runs on four hits and two walks over 3.1 innings. Wei-Chung Wang pitched two innings in this game and allowed an unearned run on three hits.
Cubs 10, Brewers 8
HR: Justin Ruggiano (2)
The Brewers completed an ugly Sunday in their first visit to the new Cubs Park in Mesa, where eight runs were not enough in a 10-8 loss to their rivals from the north side.
Tyler Thornburg got the start in this game and worked four innings, allowing two runs on three hits over four innings, walking none and striking out two. He did give up a home run in the game. The Cubs did a fair amount of their damage against Hiram Burgos and David Goforth, who combined to allow six runs while recording just three outs in relief. The Brewers put up a five-run inning to take a brief 7-6 lead in the seventh, but Goforth's rough outing allowed the Cubs to retake the lead for good.
Lyle Overbay might have had the best offensive day for the Brewers without putting the ball in play: He drew walks in the second, fourth and sixth innings and scored a run in the game. Ryan Braun and Martin Maldonado also each had their second doubles of the spring.
Today was the Brewers' final split-squad day of the spring. They return to single-squad action at home tomorrow when they host the White Sox at 3:05 Central time.