The Brewers have put together a few shows of offense so far this spring. On Saturday, they did it against the defending champion Chicago Cubs.
It was an all-around strong day for the Brewers offense. Every starter recorded at least one hit in the game. Travis Shaw led the way with a 3-for-4 day, and is now hitting .361 with a 1.113 OPS this spring. Meanwhile, Manny Pina and Kyle Wren provided the big hits on offense, each hitting a three-run home run with two outs. Dustin Houle added a solo home run as well. Manny Pina is also inpressing this spring, raising his average to .400 with a 1.088 OPS.
Meanwhile, a bullpen day for the Brewers played out mostly well. Brent Suter got the “start” and allowed just a solo home run to Anthony Rizzo, but struck out the side. Michael Blazek also allowed a run in an inning of work. Joba Chamberlain allowed three baserunners in the third with two walks and a hit, but a double play and a groundout left them stranded. Neftali Feliz worked around a hit for a clean inning, and Ryan Webb allowed a solo home run but no other offense in his inning. Most of the offense by the Cubs came off of Paolo Espino, who took the last four innings and allowed four runs on eight hits.
With today’s burst of offense in the books, the Brewers continue to rack up the numbers on offense this spring. Their 150 runs scored is only behind Seattle, and they lead all teams with a .390 OBP and .518 SLG. They also lead all teams in home runs (35) and walks (105).
Next up for the Brewers is an afternoon game against the Giants. Zach Davies will look to rebound from a rough outing against the Cubs, and Jeff Samardzija will start on the other side. First pitch is at 3:05 pm, and it will be on MLB Network and the Brewers Radio Network.