The Milwaukee Brewers shut out the Texas Rangers 5-0 in Surprise, Arizona today, riding the shutout pitching of seven different hurlers. The win was the first (except for beating the UWM Panthers for the Cream City Cup) of the 2017 spring campaign for the Crew, leaving them with a 1-2 record.
The Brewers scored twice in the top of the fifth to take a lead they never relinquished, making a winner out of righty Jhan Marinez for his scoreless fourth. (Wins and losses are never more insignificant than in Spring Training.)
#2016BrewersAce Junior Guerra went the first inning, allowing a hit and striking out two. Tyler Cravy and Stephen Kolscheen each had two scoreless innings, and the Rangers managed only three hits total. Brewer hurlers fanned 12, with only lefty Josh Hader failing to register one.
Lewis Brinson continued his good start to the Cactus Cup chase, going 3-3 and driving in the Brewers’ first run with a base hit. Scooter Gennett, starting his second game in left field this spring, and shortstop Orlando Arcia each contributed two hits. Two Ranger errors helped Milwaukee score two unearned runs. The Brewers had 11 hits and 6 walks.
IT’S EARLY, BUT...Lewis Brinson is hitting .750 and OPSing 1.750. Utility man Gennett is hitting .600 and OPSing 1.467. Jesus Aguillar is hitting .500 and OPSing 1.000. Travis Shaw and Eric Thames are 0 fer 2017, although Shaw contributed a sac fly in today’s game.
TOOTBLANS: If you were missing Jonathan Villar while he works towards helping the Dominican Republic defend its World Baseball Classic title, Lewis Brinson tried to ease your pain by getting picked off of second base in the top of the first and thrown out at third by left fielder Joey Gallo in the third, after a single by Gennett. Scoot took second on the throw, but Shaw’s comebacker to pitcher Connor Sadzeck saw Scoot get caught off of second; he was tagged out at third and Shaw was out going to second.
Gennett also had a caught stealing.
The Brewers will host the Kansas City Royals tomorrow in Maryvale, with game time again at 2:05 pm CST. Check in on Brew Crew Ball to follow the game on our game thread.