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Brewers rally with five-run eighth for 7-3 win over Angels

The bench came through in the eighth for the win, with David Freitas hitting the go-ahead double.

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In the home side of the split squad day, the Brewers took on the Angels at home. Shelby Miller got the start for the Brewers, and Matt Andriese started for the Angels.

The first two innings were quiet on both sides. Shelby Miller worked around a walk in the first, and Matt Andriese allowed a single to Omar Narvarez. Miller then got into a bit of trouble in the third, allowing two singles to start the inning. Along with a fielding error by Lorenzo Cain, this gave the Angels a 1-0 lead. Miller’s day would end two batters later, allowing just the two hits and a walk, along with an earned run. Bubba Derby came in to finish the third and induced a double play to end the inning.

After Zach Brown worked through a clean fourth and fifth inning, the Brewers got on the board in their half of the fifth. Logan Morrison hit his third home run of the spring to tie the game at 1-1. Three batters later, Orlando Arcia hit his fifth of the spring and the Brewers took a 2-1 lead.

Angel Perdomo pitched a scoreless sixth and Thomas Jankins a scoreless seventh for the Brewers, protecting their 2-1 lead. Jankins remained in for the eight inning, and the Angels offense got to him. A single by Connor Justus and double by Kevin Maitan tied the game at 2-2, and then Luis Aviles Jr. doubled and Jack Kruger hit a sacrifice fly to put the Angels up 3-2. After allowing a walk to Leonardo Rivas, Jankins’ day was done, allowing the two runs and three hits in his 1.2 innings of work. Luke Barker finished off the eighth for the Brewers, who now were facing a one run deficit.

The Brewers bench didn’t let that deficit stick. Three consecutive walks by Joantgel Segovia, David Fry, and Patrick Leonard loaded the bases. After Cam Devanney and Mark Mathias struck out, David Freitas hit a ground-rule double to left center, scoring two and giving the Brewers their lead back at 4-3. Mario Feliciano scored two more with his own double, and Chad Spanberger added a run-scoring single. By the end of the inning, the Brewers had a 7-3 lead.

Jesus Castillo finished off the game for the Brewers. He allowed a single, but nothing else as the Brewers got a 7-3 win.

The offense had nine hits in the game, with most of those coming from bench players. Logan Morrison and Orlando Arcia did each hit a home run in the game, and Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun each added in their first hits of the spring as well. On the pitching side, it was a solid day for most of the staff, striking out nine as a team with only five walks. Shelby Miller did allow a run, and Thomas Jankins allowed two, but the rest of the staff held the Angels scoreless.

It’s a night game for the Brewers tomorrow as they take on the Mariners. Corbin Burnes is scheduled to start for the Brewers and Taijuan Walker starts for the Mariners. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 pm.