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Brewers battle to 4-4 tie with Rockies

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Cactus Cup lead shrinks to just one game over Cleveland.

Milwaukee Brewers v Kansas City Royals Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

WP: none LP: none Save: none HR: Mil - Brett Phillips (1); Col - none

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The Milwaukee Brewers (16-7-2) were unable to get the final three outs for a win against the Colorado Rockies (10-14) today in a road game at Scottsdale, but they didn’t get a loss, either.

Brett Phillips’ two-run homer in the top of the eighth had given the Crew a 4-3 lead but Radhames Liz gave up consecutive doubles to start the bottom of the ninth, tying the game. A line-out to Kyle Wren in center sent the runner to third, but he was out at the plate on a ball to Liz. Another hit put runners on first and third, but Liz got the final out on a groundball to Nate Orf at third.

Both teams had better things to do, so they stopped playing.

Milwaukee came back from a second inning 1-0 deficit with a two run third when starting pitcher Junior Guerra doubled leading off the inning and took third on a bunt single by Jonathan Villar. Christian Yelich’s single to right brought home Guerra, and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez was charged with an error on a bobbled ball that allowed Villar to take third. However, Yelich was thrown out at second. Lorenzo Cain’s single drove home Villar for the lead.

Single runs by the Rockies off of Guerra in the bottom of the third and fourth gave Colorado a 3-2 lead until Phillips’ homer in the eighth. It was a welcome hit for Maverick, as he has had an awful spring. He was at .098 with 41 at bats going into the dinger.

Guerra worked 5 13 innings as he appears to have a spot in the rotation in hand. He allowed the three runs (earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Taylor Williams had another scoreless outing, this time 23 of an inning with a strikeout. And Corey Knebel had a scoreless inning! Yay! Although he gave up a hit.

Milwaukee will play two tomorrow (I’d say as punishment for the tie, but it was scheduled that way), with an afternoon home game against Oakland (12-11). Wade Miley gets the call in that one. They will play their other game at night and at the Mariners (11-14). Brent Suter takes the mound for that one. I’d like to think that the lefty that performs better gets a rotation spot, but Suter has options and Miley will need to be given an opportunity to look for a job elsewhere if he doesn’t get a major league spot. Of course, it’s possible that both happen...that Guerra is the fourth starter, Suter is the fifth starter and gets optioned out as he wouldn’t be needed until the eighth game, Miley gets his choice of the minors with the Brewers or looking to latch on elsewhere, and Jesus Aguilar makes the Opening Day roster. We shall see!