A day after learning he clinched a spot in the rotation, Chase Anderson made the most of his final start before the regular season.
Anderson struck out 6 batters over 5 innings of work, allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk. He only threw 67 pitches, 43 of which were strikes.
Since the game wasn't televised and was only available on a brewers.com audio webcast, here's an artist’s rendering (mine) of Anderson's performance.
The Brewers' offense stayed hot in this game, starting the first inning with a walk by Jonathan Villar, who then proceeded to cause havoc on the bases. He quickly stole second base, and then ended up advancing to third a short while later when White Sox starter Gregory Infante threw a pickoff throw into centerfield.
With a runner on third and one out, Ryan Braun wasn't given anything to hit, but Travis Shaw was, driving in Villar with an RBI single. Hernan Perez drove in Braun with an RBI groundout to give the Brewers a quick 2-0 lead.
The middle innings breezed along, with the umps ringing up guys left and right on called third strikes. It’s almost as if everyone was trying to get these last couple games out of the way in a hurry.
The score remained 2-0 into the bottom of the 7th inning, until Shaw continued his re-election campaign for Mayor of Ding Dong City with a solo home run to right-center. By all accounts it was a bomb. I imagine it looked something like this:
The Brewers added two more BMIRs in the bottom of the 8th. Eric Thames hit his 5th double of the spring, driving in Jesus Aguilar. Thames later scored on a wild pitch ball 4 to Domingo Santana to make the score 5-0.
Carlos Torres lost the shutout in the 9th inning when Eddy Alvarez "doubled" to center when Kirk Nieuwenhuis dropped the ball, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Former Brewers minor leaguer Nicky Delmonico -- the guy the Brewers got in return when they traded Francisco Rodriguez to Baltimore in 2013 -- drove in a run on a groundout to Eric Sogard. Danny Hayes doubled in another run before Torres closed the door for a 5-2 win.
The Brewers play the White Sox again Saturday afternoon in their last game before Opening Day. Jimmy Nelson will get the start for the Brewers.