W: Tanner Scheppers (1-1)
L: Yovani Gallardo (0-1)
S: Aaron Poreda (1)
HR: Prince Fielder (3)
If you needed a reminder that the Brewers really miss Prince Fielder, odds are you got it today. Fielder hit his third home run of the spring and drove home two runs, powering the Rangers to a 7-5 win on Friday. It was one of his two hits in the game, and he scored two runs.
Meanwhile, two of the Brewers' likely replacements for Fielder, Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay, had days to forget. Reynolds went 1-for-3 and scored a run but also committed two fielding errors at third base in the game, his first of the spring. Lyle Overbay went hitless in three at bats and also committed a fielding error. All told, the Brewers had five defensive miscues in the game.
Those mistakes contributed to three unearned runs for Yovani Gallardo, who needed 96 pitches to complete 5.1 innings. Overall he allowed four runs (one earned) on eight hits, walking none and striking out four. He's likely fully stretched out at this point, with one start remaining before Opening Day.
In other news, Ryan Braun returned to the lineup today after missing two games due to illness and went 1-for-3 with a double. He drove in a run and scored in the game.
With the loss the Brewers have fallen back to two games under .500 at 11-13. They'll return to Maryvale tomorrow to face the Angels, with Kyle Lohse starting against Joe Blanton at 3:05 Central time.