We are so close to baseball, you can smell it! And if the Milwaukee Brewers’ 10-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays isn’t getting you excited, I don’t know what will.
The game featured a lot of action for the Crew’s starters as they try to get their final practice swings in. Everything seems to be in order, as Mike Moustakas drove home Christian Yelich in the first.
Brandon Woodruff looked a little “sloppy” by his standards this spring. His Spring Training ERA almost doubled when he allowed two second inning runs. Both runs came on singles and Woodruff still struck out six in his six inning tune up, so I don’t think there’s any cause for concern.
Later in the game, the Crew would ignite the fireworks. Yasmani Grandal smacked his second homer of Spring Training, driving in Moose to retakes the lead 3-2. In the top of the fifth, Travis Shaw would nail a three-run homer that extended the lead.
After Woodruff, Josh Hader came on and pitched a flawless inning. Alex Wilson, Junior Guerra and Alex Claudio would all give up runs, Junior’s coming unearned. Each run came on a ground or force out.
In the top of the 8th, the Brewers ran away with the game. Orlando Arcia his a single to score Manny Piña. Ben Gamel then doubled to drive in Thames and Orf. Hernan Perez would finish things off with a sack fly that scored minor leaguer Devin Hairston and that would be it.
The final 2019 Spring Training game gets underway tomorrow. Corbin Burnes (0-1, 5.79 ERA) takes on Thomas Pannone (0-2, 11.12 ERA). First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.