The day started as a battle of aces: Brandon Woodruff vs. Clayton Kershaw. Once the aces were out, the Brewers offense came alive.
Brandon Woodruff started the game for the Brewers. He pitched just two innings, allowing four hits and a run while striking out two. On the other side, Clayton Kershaw didn’t allow a hit but bit walk two batters. He also struck out four in 1.2 innings.
Corbin Burnes pitched the next two innings clean with two strikeouts. He got some help from Mark Mathias, who had a nice catch in the third inning to prvent a hit.
The fourth inning was the big inning for the Brewers. Alex Wood was in the game for the Dodgers to start the inning. Justin Smoak led off with a lineout, but the Brewers loaded the bases after that with an Omar Navarez single, Ryon Healy double, and Corey Ray hit by pitch. After Joe Broussard came into the game, Keon Broxton struck out for the second out. Mark Mathias was next and hit a single to center, clearing the bases and giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead.
The Brewers weren’t done there. Brock Holt doubled to bring in Mathias, and then Keston Hiura came up. He hit his first home run of the spring, a two-run HR to left center that finished up a six-run inning.
On the pitching side, David Phelps had the fifth and got roughed up a bit. He allowed the first four batters of the fifth to reach base. The Dodgers got two runs in that inning, after Edwin Rios got hit by a pitch to start the inning and then Dj Peters homered. Following that, Alex Claudio, Shelby Miller, and J.P. Feyereisen each had a scoreless inning a piece.
The Dodgers did put together a rally in the ninth inning. Zach Brown took the ninth and issued a one out walk to Zach Reks, then Zach McKinstry homered to cut the Brewers lead to 6-5. However, Brown induced a fly out from Cody Thomas to end the game.
The Brewers offense had a good day, putting together ten hits and three walks. Keston Hiura was the only player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 in the game. Mark Mathias also added three RBIs in the game, and Brock Holt had the other RBI.
Leap Day hits tomorrow and it will be the one time to catch the Brewers on February 29 for at least four years. The Brewers will travel to Mesa to face the Cubs, with Freddy Peralta and Yu Darvish scheduled to start. First pitch is at 2:05 pm.