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Brewers split day with win over Rangers, loss to Royals

Jesus Aguilar leads the Brewers to a win over the Rangers, and the Brewers can’t hold on to a lead over the Royals.

MLB: Spring Training-Milwaukee Brewers at Colorado Rockies Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Brewers 7, Rangers 3

Box Score

It was a lead from start to finish for the Brewers. They got going quick, with a Ben Gamel walk, Jesus Aguilar single, and Eric Thames single to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. In the third, Orlando Arcia led off with a single, then Gamel homered to increase the lead to 3-0. The Brewers kept building from there.

In the fifth, Arcia hit a one out single, then Aguilar hit a double to score Arcia, increasing the lead up to 4-0. It turned into a full blowout in the eighth, when the first four batters reached base. Trent Grisham singled and Patrick Leonard walked to put two runners on base, then Joantgel Segovia singled to increase the lead to 5-0. Keston Hiura followed with a double to increase it to 6-0, and Corey Ray hit a sac fly to make it a 7-0 lead.

On the pitching side, Burch Smith and Bubby Derby combined to pitch seven innings, allowing a total of two hits and four strikeouts. The pitching staff as a whole did not allow a single walk in the game. The Rangers did get some runs late, scoring two runs off of Rodrigo Benoit and a run off Tristan Archer. However, it was not nearly enough to come back and the Brewers took a 7-3 win.

Royals 6, Brewers 4

Box Score

The Brewers got started fast in this game, but couldn’t keep it up and ended up falling behind. All of the Brewers scoring came in the third inning, with two outs already in the inning. Lorenzo Cain singled, then Christian Yelich homered to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead. Ryan Braun then singled as well, and Travis Shaw also homered to increase the lead to 4-0.

Meanwhile, the Brewers put together a bullpen game in this one as well. Junior Guerra “started” the game, but only pitched the first inning, striking out two. Jacob Barnes took the second and kept it scoreless with one strikeout. Taylor Williams had the third, and worked around a walk for a clean inning, and Alex Cluadio took the fourth and had a clean inning with two strikeouts.

Marcos Diplan came in for the fifth inning to pitch multiple innings. In the fifth, he allowed a home run to Hunter Dozier to make it a 4-1 game. He finished the fifth with no more damage, then worked around two walks for a scoreless sixth inning. He came back in for the seventh, and allowed another leadoff home run to Lucas Duda to make it a 4-2 game. He then allowed a walk to Chris Owings and singles to Erick Mejia and Martin Maldonado, which made it a 4-3 game. Daniel Brown came in relief, and after a sac bunt, Humberto Arteaga hit a groundout that scored Mejia to tie the game at 4-4.

Brown finished the seventh and then pitched the eighth, allowing no more runs (the one he did was charged to Diplan). In the ninth, with the game tied at 4-4, new extra inning rules were tested as both teams got to start the inning with a runner at second base. The Royals took full advantage, getting a leadoff single, then a triple to center to score both runners and give the Royals a 6-4 lead. The Brewers got their runner to start the bottom of the inning, and managed to get him to third with a groundout. However, two strikeouts ended the game.

The Brewers have one more game in Arizona this spring, a road game to face the Diamondbacks. First pitch is at 2:10 pm. There won’t be any radio or TV on the Brewers side for this one.