The Brewers scored first in today's game after a 3-up-3-down inning from Kyle Lohse. Facing Johnny Cueto, Scooter Gennett led off with a single and advanced to third on a line drive single from Jean Segura. Carlos Gomez hit a sac-fly to give the Brewers the 1-0 lead.
Lohse was able to work around a lead-off single and a hit batter to keep the Reds off the board in the second. Superstar Matt Clark flew out that inning too. Superduperstar Jason Rogers lined a single.
A bloop and an error (that's one in every game so far) gave the Reds two base runners in the third inning with one out. A ground ball gave them a chance to turn a double but were only able to get the out at second leaving runners at the corners with two outs. Lohse finished his day with a strikeout to end the inning without allowing a run. He had four strikeouts in total.
Carlos Gomez drew a walk in the third inning and was the only Brewers to reach base in Johnny Cueto's last inning of work.
In the fourth, Jeremy Jefress retired the side in 11 pitches inducing 2 ground balls, 1 fly ball and aided by some stellar defense from Aramis Ramirez, Scooter Gennett, and Logan Schafer.
Gerrardo Parra drew a walk and Martin Maldonado almost took a little girl's head off with his 2-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead. Jason Rogers kept rolling with another single and Logan Schafer kept doing what he does best by rolling into an easy double play.
Jonathan Broxton cruised through the fifth inning aided by a pretty solid diving stab by Matt Clark to knock down a line and get the last out.
JJ Hoover took over in the bottom of the fifth. Jean Segura drew a one out walk and Shane Peterson hit a 2 run home run to extend the Brewers lead to 5-0.
Jim Henderson was able to work a clean inning despite a two-out double to Brennan Boesch. He did strike out Todd Frazier.
Minor League Guy took over for the Reds. Pete Orr was able to lead off the inning with a single but was thrown out trying to steal second base. Superduperstar Jason Rogers followed up with his third single of the day. Hunter Morris struck out to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh Wei-Chung Wang got Minor League Guy to strike out. Then he got Minor League Guy to fly out. Wang would end the inning by inducing a ground out from Minor League Guy.
Minor League Guy was able to keep the Brewers off the board in the eighth despite a lead-off double by Minor League Guy. Minor League Guy was able to advance to third on a sac bunt by Minor League Guy. But the inning would end on back-to-back ground outs by Minor League Guy and Luis Jimenez.
Wei-Chung Wang was unable to keep his perfect-o going through 2 innings, but he did pitch another scoreless inning. He got a strike out and induce a ground ball double play after a runner reached on a grounder.
Nothing doing for the Brewers offense in the bottom of the eighth.
Tyler Cravy entered the ninth to close out the game for the Brewers. Minor League Guy worked the bases loaded and then Minor League Guy lined a grounder up the middle to score 2 runs. This being a must win game Ron Roenicke put David Goforth in the game who immediately lobbed a pitch to the back stop allowing the runners to advance to second and third. The next Minor League guy grounded out but got the run in. Goforth ended the game with a strikeout.
Brewers win their first Cactus League game by a score of 5-3. Their record is now 1-5. Time of game was approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes.
The Brewers play the Giants tomorrow at 3:05 pm CT. The game won't be televised but it will be on the radio. Matt Garza is slated to start the game and Minor League Guy is scheduled to get into the game at some point.
I'll leave you with my favorite tweet of the game:
#Reds have two number 53s currently in the game #SpringTraining— Joe Block (@joe_block) March 10, 2015