The Brewers six-game win streak came to a screeching halt Friday, as the Brewers dropped a pair of split squad games to the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.
At the homestead, Lewis Brinson’s eighth inning two-run homer, his second in three days, seemed like it would hand Milwaukee a come from behind victory. Unfortunately, Chicago’s brand new super-prospect Yoan Moncada spoiled Ryan Braun’s spring debut. His two-run double in the top of the ninth put the White Sox back on top and made Chicago (AL/B) 4-3 winners.
Braun’s first game was uneventful, as he failed to put the ball into play with a strikeout and a walk. He was pinch-run for by Kyle Wren in the fourth inning.
Isan Diaz returned from loan to Team Puerto Rico to make his major league camp debut, doubling and scoring on Brinson’s dinger. Aaron Wilkerson took the loss, allowing the go-ahead runs in his third inning of relief work.
Meanwhile, at Camelback Ranch...
Yesterday we got to show you a magnificent highlight from SS Mauricio Dubon ranging to make a play deep in the hole. Today, we have some different highlights to show you. They are of baseball players who are presumably trying their best.
Setting the stage, the headliner for this one was Taijuan Walker, who doused the Brewers’ red-hot bats with an ice-cold shower of strikeouts. The former Mariner and current oh-jeezy-pete-thank-god-he’s-not-Shelby-Miller was electric, throwing four no-hit innings with eight punch outs and a walk.
Brewers lefty Brent Suter, however, did not have a totally awesome day. In one inning of relief for starter Chase Anderson (3.0 IP, 2 K, 1 R), Suter was battered for three runs on four hits, including a solo shot from Oswaldo Arcia.
After an efficient and uneventful first four outs from Michael Blazek in relief, the Brewers defense took a hard right turn into bozotown. First, this stellar effort from Good Name Haver Travis Shaw:
Travis...no. Luckily, Nick Ahmed would subsequently bail the Brewers out with a deep but playable ball to center field where Keon Broxton was wai-
Keon where are you going.
It was a pair of unearned runs for Blazek, who got eight outs in two innings but needed just 28 pitches to do it. A two-RBI single from Brett Phillips would close the scoring, as the Diamondbacks rolled 6-3.
Cactus Cup Update: A pair of losses obviously don’t help. The Angels lost as well, however, so the Brewers only fell an additional half game behind the Cactus frontrunners.
Around the League: Chad Bettis, who has been battling testicular cancer, announced today via Twitter that it had spread and that he will be undergoing chemotherapy. Bettis made his return from off-season surgery that was thought to have left his cancer-free against the Brewers on Monday ... A terrifying moment in Grapefruit League play as Blue Jays pitcher T.J. House was hospitalized after being struck in the head by a line drive. He lay face down and motionless for approximately 20 minutes before being taken away in an ambulance, though he did give a thumbs up to the crowd on his way out. The remainder of the game was canceled.