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Wolf Struggles, But Brewers Overcome For 11-8 Victory

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W: Mike McClendon (1-1)
L: Leyson Septimo (0-1)
S: Robert Hinton (1)

HR: Erick Almonte (3), Collin Cowgill (2), Wily Mo Pena (2)

Today's game got off to an ugly start, as Randy Wolf thought he had a strikeout on a 3-2 count with two outs in the first but was called back to the mound and responded by allowing a grand slam to the next batter, center fielder Collin Cowgill. He was removed from the game after walking the first batter he faced in the third, and allowed five runs on three hits and three walks. Wolf has now allowed five runs in each of his two outings this spring.

The Brewers quickly responded, though, with four straight two-out hits in the top of the second to tie the game at five. Then, after one scoreless inning to allow everyone to catch their breath, they added two more runs in the fourth to take a 7-5 lead.

After Zach Segovia and some defensive miscues allowed the Diamondbacks to tie the game at eight in the sixth, Erick Almonte went deep to give the Brewers back the lead. They added two more in the ninth on RBI hits by Almonte and Caleb Gindl.

Here's a quick update on some other spring training storylines:

 

  • George Kottaras stole a base today. It was his second attempt and first success of the spring. Chris Dickerson also stole a base in the ninth. All told, the Brewers have attempted 21 steals in 12 spring training games, succeeding 15 times.
  • Speaking of George Kottaras, today was his eighth appearance of the spring. That's the most of any Brewer regular, and it seems strange that the team would lean so heavily on one guy during the spring at such a physically demanding position. Craig Counsell also made his eighth appearance today.
  • Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 today with a triple, driving in a run and scoring twice. He's hitting .348 this spring.
  • Wily Peralta, who now could be a long shot candidate to break camp as the fifth starter, entered the game in the fourth and allowed two runs on a Wily Mo Pena home run in two innings of work. Entering today's contest, he had only allowed two hits in four innings. Today, he allowed three hits and a walk.