In previous years, the Battle for Milwaukee was fairly competitive, or at least as competitive as you'd expect a game between professional athletes and mid-major college kids to be.
That really wasn't the case today. The Brewers look primed for a run at the prestigious Cactus Cup after crushing the Panthers 11-0.
Top prospect Lewis Brinson got the scoring started with a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning, then hit a three-run homer in the 4th to open the floodgates for an 8-run inning.
The 4th inning also saw Scooter Gennett -- playing left field today in his pursuit to become a utility player -- and Jesus Aguilar homer, the latter also being a three-run shot. The 8th and final run of the inning scored when Orlando Arcia reached on an error, allowing Jett Bandy to cross the plate.
Hiram Burgos got the start for the Brewers today and threw two shutout innings with a strikeout. Corey Knebel followed that up by striking out two and not allowing a hit in the 3rd inning. Tyler Cravy lost the perfect game by allowing a hit in the 4th.
Also of note today, former first base prospect Nick Ramirez took the mound in his first appearance since converting to pitcher. Ramirez was a two-way player during his college years at Cal State-Fullerton, and is now trying to make the majors on the mound after his career as a hitter stalled out in Double-A. Ramirez struck out all three Panthers he faced today.
Overall, it wasn’t a great day for the amateurs, who had more errors (3) than hits (2).
Next up, the Brewers face the Angels tomorrow afternoon at 2:05 PM CST in their first televised game of the year.