The kids are alright.
Several top Brewers prospects, including 3B Lucas Erceg (No. 17, MLB.com), SS Mauricio Dubon (No. 9), LF Brett Phillips (No. 7) and CF Lewis Brinson (No. 1), started and all of them contributed to Milwaukee’s 8-2 drubbing of San Diego. Brinson had a two-RBI single, Phillips and Erceg both walked and scored, and Dubon was 1-for-4 with a flashy defensive effort.
Domingo Santana was the offensive MVP of the game, going 2-for-3 with a three-run shot that helped break the game open in the third. Michael Reed also homered, a solo shot in the seventh.
Zach Davies started on the mound for the Crew, allowing one run (a Wil Meyers home run) on four hits over 2.2 innings. Paulo Espino picked up a three-inning save, striking out three. Forrest Snow and Damien Magnifico posted scoreless innings, with Taylor Jungmann allowing the Padres other run in the fourth.
Not everything shows up in the box score, today’s game wasn’t televised, and we don’t have boots on the ground, so a thing like Dubon’s superb play in the hole today might have gone unnoticed normally. Luckily, the keepers of the MLB GIF vault were kind enough to share a tidbit with us:
This play for the #CactusCrew by @Mauriciodubon10 is too good to miss! #Brewers pic.twitter.com/hMDtBh5e6F— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 9, 2017
Cactus Cup Update: The Brewers remain tied for third place on Thursday, as the Mariners stole an 8-6 win from the hapless Cubs with a four-run 9th inning. The four-way tie is down to two, as the idle Royals and the Rockies fell a half game back (Colorado’s exhibition game with Puerto Rico does not count in the standings). They stayed a galf and a half back of the Angels, who won again against Cleveland, and they also trail the Athletics by percentage points.
Roster Happenings: Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com issued another update on Ryan Braun, confirming that he will indeed start tomorrow in left field against the White Sox. He is slated to play about half the game ... Scooter Gennett, who has a sore right wrist, has had his return pushed back to Sunday or Monday, also per McCalvy ... Isan Diaz remains on loan for World Baseball Classic exhibition games, and he struck out in his only appearance as the Rockies put the fear of god into Puerto Rico.