The Milwaukee Brewers traveled from Maryvale to Scottsdale to play the Colorado Rockies. Chad Bettis started for the Rockies and Corbin Burnes took the mound for the Brew Crew to start the game. Both teams started many of the players that will be starting for them on a daily basis in 2019.
The first six innings offered very little in the way of offense. Since both teams played so many regulars, this suggests that the pitching was quite good. Burnes threw three scoreless innings, giving up no runs on three hits, and he struck out four. Matt Albers pitched a scoreless fourth as he continues to pitch well this spring. Alex Claudio and Taylor Williams put up zeros in the fifth and sixth innings.
The only threat in the first six innings came from Milwaukee. Christian Yelich doubled with two outs in the top of the third inning. Jesus Aguilar followed with a single moving Yelich to third. Bud Black took the ball from Bettis after the Aguilar single, switching to Jesus Tinoco. Tinoco induced a ground ball from Travis Shaw eliminating the Brewers’ threat.
Tyler Saladino finally opened the scoring in the seventh inning. Saladino doubled to left field scoring Jake Hager who pitch ran for Orlando Arcia after the Brewers’ shortstop singled to right field. Jake Petricka took over in the bottom of the seventh and pitched another scoreless inning, striking out two of the hitters he faced.
#Brewers snap scoreless tie vs. Rockies on bloop RBI double down LF line by Tyler Saladino in the seventh inning.— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 5, 2019
In the top of the eighth, the Brewers mounted another threat. Nate Orf singled and stole second base. Weston Wilson then walked, and both Orf and Weston advanced to the second and third on a wild pitch by Yancy Almonte. Tuffy Gosewisch was unable to cash in as he lined out to end the top half of the eighth.
Jay Jackson took over in the bottom of the eighth. He pitched around two walks and a single to keep the shut out in place. The Brewers went three up and three down in the top half of the ninth, and handed Miguel Sanchez the save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth. He gave up a double and walked a batter to make things interesting, but he was able to induce a double play ground ball to end the game.
I will not start my #Brewers game story with, "Picking up where they left off with Colorado last October, comma...."— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 5, 2019
With the Brewers’ win, they go to 4-7 in Cactus League play. Milwaukee takes on the Arizona Diamondbacks at American Family Fields of Phoenix tomorrow at 2:05 CST. Scheduled to start are Robbie Ray for the Diamondbacks and Jhoulys Chacin for the Brewers.