W: Marco Estrada
L: Blake Parker
S: A.J. Murray
Welcome aboard, Joe Inglett.
The Brewers spotted the Cubs a 3-0 lead on Tuesday afternoon, in a game stalled by an hour-long rain delay (and the accompanying Tom Haudricourt Typhoon of Rage). But after getting handcuffed by Randy Wells for three innings, the Brewers came back like a demon on speed, scoring 5 unanswered runs -- with the last two coming on a two-run tater by Inglett in the top of the ninth. It's still spring training, but that feels niiiiiiice.
Jeff Suppan did Jeff Suppan things for three innings, walking the tightrope in the first before giving up two runs in the second (on two doubles, a single, a HBP, and, of course, a sac fly by the opposing pitcher) and another in the third on an opposite field shot by Derrek Lee. On the bright side, Claudio Vargas, Chuck Lofgren, and John Halama each turned in a scoreless frame, and Marco Estrada (who I'm going to call "Vargas II," based on Pat Hughes' description of his "deliberate" pitching style) put up goose-eggs in two innings of work.
Prince Fielder continued his White Hot American Spring with a run driven in, and the Crew continued its newly-kindled affair with the stolen base, as Rickie Weeks nabbed his third bag of the spring and Carlos Gomez -- after drawing a walk (no joke) -- swiped third and scored when Geovany Soto's throw skipped into left field.
RogueJim's adopted son Adam Heether got his first at-bats of the spring, and, to the dismay of dozens, went 0-2 with a strikeout and a tapper to second before totally redeeming himself with a walk in the top of the sixth and a walk in the top of the ninth.
On tap for tomorrow: a friendly against the San Diego Padres in Peoria. Start time is 2:05 p.m., and YoGo is scheduled to start. Until then ...