W: Stinson, 1-0
L: Cuello, 0-1
HR: Weeks (1), Wells (1)
The Brewers got a walkoff win against the Angels today to win 4-3. Rene Tosoni* led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple, and Caleb Gindl hit a weak sacrifice fly to center field that was just enough to allow Tosoni to score. Reports say everyone in attendance was relieved that a spring training game did not have to go to extra innings.
Hiram Burgos started today's game and threw four impressive innings in preparation for joining the Puerto Rico team in the Classic next week. He struck out 2 and walked 1, giving up 2 hits and 1 run, a solo home run to Vernon Wells. Burke Badenhop threw a perfect fifth with a strikeout. Tyler Thornburg, who is competing for a spot in the bullpen, struggled with his command today, with 3 walks in 2 innings. He was allowed to work through it but gave up 2 hits and 2 runs in the 6th. Donovan Hand and Josh Stinson pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.
On the offensive side the highlight was a Rickie Weeks home run that by visual accounts was a very, very long one. He was 2-3 with a double. Caleb Gindl, in addition to the walkoff sacrifice fly, was 1-3 with a double. Taylor Green provided half of the day's output with a 2-run double, and Jonathan Lucroy was 2-3.
It is spring training, so the number one goal every day is to make sure no one gets hurt. The Brewers did not do so well in that regard today but fortunately the problems do not look to be too severe. Aramis Ramirez reached base on his first hit of the spring and then left the game with a strained left knee, which does not appear to be serious and Uecker called "day-to-day". Meanwhile, Yovani Gallardo's start tomorrow has been cancelled and he will throw a bullpen session instead due to a slight groin problem, and then evaluate his availability for Mexico's WBC team. Ryan Braun did not play in today's game.
The announcing duo of Uecker and Block made their 2013 radio broadcast debut on WTMJ and affiliates today and, like anyone else in the organization, need spring tuneups-- March 2nd brought us our first "Get up, get up, get out of here... off the wall!" double of the season. Otherwise, Uecker was in rare form, bragging up the promotion of every stolen base of the spring getting the audience... nothing, informing Joe that his Meals on Wheels are what gets him into midseason form so quickly, and joking that it would be awfully funny if a catcher ran out to talk to a pitcher and the pitcher refused.
Today was the final game before the Brewer spring training roster will begin to be depleted due to players leaving to join their World Baseball Classic squads. If you think you don't recognize names in the box scores now, you haven't seen anything yet.
*I make no claim to know who Mr. Tosoni is, or what he plays when he's not hitting game-winning pinch hit triples. Well done sir.