For the second straight day, the Brewers needed a ninth-inning rally to recover from a big deficit. This time, though, they wouldn't be able to make the complete comeback.
Thanks to a four-run ninth inning, the Brewers managed to tie the Diamondbacks 7-7 in this afternoon's Cactus League game. Manny Pina accounted for three of those runs as he hit a three-run home run to close the score to 7-6. Then, Hernan Perez singled on a ground ball to left fielder Rickie Weeks Jr. to tie it at 7-7 with one out and runners on first and second. However, Shane Peterson struck out and Yadiel Rivera grounded out to end the game.
Matt Garza struggled in his five innings of work, allowing nine hits and a walk, leading to four runs (all earned). His ERA now sits at 4.82 for the spring. Meanwhile, three bullpen candidates (Tyler Cravy, Franklin Morales, and David Goforth) got some time in the game to fight for bullpen spots. Cravy allowed a run on two hits in an inning, and Goforth allowed two runs on hour hits in two innings (though he struck out three). Morales had a clean inning of work with a strikeout.
While the Brewers did collect 12 hits in the game, only Alex Presley had multiple hits as he went 2-for-4. Jonathan Lucroy had a home run in the fourth inning, and Shane Peterson and Alex Presley each hit triples. Presley also drove in a run on his triple.
The Brewers are now 12-10-2 in Cactus League play. They travel to play the Indians tomorrow afternoon.