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Mariners pull away late, defeat Milwaukee Brewers 6-2

The chase for Cactus Cup is off to an inauspicious start.

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The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Reds in walk off fashion yesterday, and the club faced off against the Mariners today attempting to win their first back-to-back games of the spring. Unfortunately our local nine’s hopes were foiled as Seattle defeated the Brewers by a score of 6-2.

Matt Garza got the start for the Brewers, his first appearance of the spring, and he fared relatively well. He worked around a leadoff single by Jarrod Dyson by getting three straight groundouts to make his first Cactus League inning a scoreless one.

The Brewers got on the board first in the second inning, when Scooter Gennett lead off the frame with a walk. He advanced to third base on a one-out double by Ivan De Jesus. Jr. and would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Brett Phillips to make it 1-0.

Lefties Josh Hader and Nick Ramirez combined to throw two shutout innings in the second and third, with Hader going 1.2 innings and registering two strikeouts before giving way to Ramirez with a runner on. Ramirez promptly struck out Dan Vogelbach to end the threat.

Things didn’t go too well for the Brew Crew after that. Corey Knebel allowed a run in the fourth to tie the game at 1 apiece, and Marinez allowed Jhan run to score in the fifth to let Seattle take a 2-1 lead. Jorge Lopez came on the 6th and allowed one run to score, then went back out for the 7th and ran into major trouble. Lopez allowed a leadoff single to Tyler Smith and walked DJ Peterson, and then a wild pitch allowed both runners to move up. Ben Gamel (Mat’s brother) was walked to load the bases, and a fielder’s choice by Mitch Haniger plated another run. Damien Magnifico came on to relieve Lopez (1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 wild pitches) and allowed two inherited runners to score on a single by Guillermo Herida. The score was 6-1 by the time Magnifico was able to end the threat.

The Brewers plated another run in the 8th after a Ryan Cordell single was followed by a Nate Orf double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd, and then Yadiel Rivera hit a sacrifice fly to score Cordell. The Brewers could muster nothing futher, however, as that was the final score after Andrew Barbosa added a scoreless inning for Milwaukee.

The Brewers fall to 2-4 in Cactus League play while the Mariners improved their record to 5-1. The Brewers face off against the undefeated Angels tomorrow at 2:10 PM CST at Temple Diablo Stadium. Junior Guerra will take the hill for the Milwaukee Nine, facing off against Matt Shoemaker. The game will be televised on FSWisconsin.