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Athletics 8, Brewers 7

W: Andrew Bailey (1-0)
L: Tim Dillard (0-1)
S: Craig Breslow (1)

Another day, another middle inning meltdown, another Cactus League setback.

The Brewers got off to a nice start today, plating two earned runs in the first against Ben Sheets, who allowed four hits before running into his pitch limit after 1.2 innings of work. Yovani Gallardo also pitched well, allowing no runs on a hit and a walk in two innings, striking out two.

The Brewers tacked on two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth, running out to a 6-0 lead, but the wheels came off in the sixth. Mitch Stetter retired the first two batters he faced, but he and Tim Dillard combined to allow the next nine batters they faced to reach, as the A's scored seven runs in the inning to run out to an 8-6 lead they never relinquished.

A couple of positive notes to take from the game:

  • The Brewers continue to run wild in the Cactus League, stealing four bases today (one each for Lorenzo Cain, Rickie Weeks, Alcides Escobar and Carlos Gomez).
  • Mark Rogers pitched two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth in his first Cactus League appearance since 2006.
  • Steffan Wilson, who wasn't even in camp a week ago, started at first base and went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Unfortunately, there's also an injury note to report. Trent Oeltjen was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and has a contusion on his wrist. He's day to day.