Milwaukee took on the Oakland Athletics with a short squad this afternoon. Corbin Burnes toed the rubber for the start of the game. Burnes comes into 2020 looking to redeem himself following an awful 2019 campaign. Hopefully his redemption started this afternoon as he took the mound in his first Spring Training action. Things went alright for Burnes as he walked one and struck out one giving up nothing in his one inning of work. Speaking of redemption, Shelby Miller followed Burnes and pitched a scoreless second.
The final out of Corbin Burnes’ spring debut came on a swinging strike. It was a slider. Just your run of the mill, 94 mph slider. pic.twitter.com/egu5fni3YY— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) February 24, 2020
Milwaukee exploded for six runs in the top of the second inning. Ronny Rodriguez got things started with a double to left field. That was followed by another double from Jace Peterson, scoring Rodriguez. Keon Broxton popped a double of his own, scoring Peterson. Lucas Erceg followed that with a blast over the right field wall. Just like that, the Brewers were up 4-0.
Mario Feliciano kept things rolling with a single to left field. Feliciano would eventually score on a line drive home run over the right field wall by Orlando Arcia. The Brewers had a commanding 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the second.
Oakland would answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the third inning. Jorge Monteo opened the inning with a single to right field. The speedy Mateo followed that up by stealing second base. Mateo would score on a single by Marcus Semien. Eric Yardley gave up that run in the third.
The Brewers put together another good inning in the top of the fourth. With one out in the inning, Lucas Erceg singled to center field. Next up, Feliciano drew a walk. With a single to center field by Ben Gamel, the Brewers had the bases loaded on just one out. Orlando Arcia made the Athletics pay with a ground rule double that scored Erceg and Feliciano. Ben Gamel would later score on a sacrifice fly by Justin Smoak.
The high potential of Ethan Small, Drew Rasmussen, Trey Supak, and Bubba Derby were on display in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings respectively. All four pitched scoreless innings and each stuck out one batter a piece.
The Brewers tacked on in the top of the eighth. Peyton Henry singled to center field. Pinch hitter Joe Gray followed with a double with a double to right field. Both would come around to score on a double by Cooper Hummel. Hummel would eventually score as well on a double by Chad McClanahan.
Oakland made some noise in the bottom of the eighth. With J.T. Hintzen on the mound for Milwaukee, Ronnie Freeman singled to center field. Eric Campbell followed with a double, scoring Freeman. Campbell would come around to score too on an error by Joantgel Segovia. After eight innings of play, the score was 12-3 in favor of Milwaukee.
The Brewers added two more runs in the top of the ninth. Segovia led off the inning with a single. Luis Castro followed with a ground rule double making it second and third with no one out. Brice Turang grounded out driving in Segovia and sending Castro to third. Joe Gray drove in the fourteenth and final run for the Brewers as he singled in Castro.
Oakland would score one more run in the ninth inning off Johan Belisario. The final score of the game was 14-4, Milwaukee.
Milwaukee will be at it again tomorrow afternoon against the Seattle Mariners. Freddy Peralta is scheduled to get the start for the Brew Crew while Seattle seas Kendall Graveman to the hill. Start time will be 2:05 CT at American Family Fields of Phoenix.