The Milwaukee Brewers took on the Los Angeles Angels in Spring Training action this afternoon. Corbin Burnes got the start on the mound for the Crew, while Andrew Heaney toed the rubber for the Angels.
Burnes looked good in this one. He covered 3.2 innings, struck out four and did not give up an earned run. Unfortunately he did give up an unearned run. It came in the bottom of the second. Justin Upton led off the inning with a line drive to left that fell in for a single.
With Upton on base, the Brewers might have been working on pick off moves, especially with Keston Hiura new to first base. Burnes threw over to first base three times during Albert Pujol’s at-bat. Justin Upton is still a fine athlete, but maybe was garnering a little too much attention. On the third pick off attempt of Upton, the ball got past Hiura who was unable to get his glove over in time to catch the throw over. Upton scampered to third on the errant throw (or lack of catch), and scored as Juan Lagares grounded out for the second out of the inning.
The Angels starter, Andrew Heaney had his way over five innings with the Brewers lineup, especially Keston Hiura. He struck Hiura out twice while going on to strike out eight Brewers’ hitters. Hiura struck out a third time to Patrick Sandoval.
Immediately after getting Hiura, Sandoval gave up a solo shot off the scoreboard to Billy McKinney to tie things up 1-1 in the top of the seventh.
The Angels put two more on the board in the bottom of the seventh. Singles by Luis Rengifo and Taylor Ward scored Juan Graterol and Jose Iglesias respectively. Both runs were charged to Eric Yardley.
Garrett Mitchell continued to show well, and in the top of the eighth he started the inning off with a single. He would come around and score on a Daniel Vogelbach double. Unfortunately that would it for the Crew as they fall short 3-2.
The Brewers will be at it once again tomorrow afternoon. This time the game will be at American Family Fields of Phoenix, and the opponent will be the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 CT. Adrian Houser gets the ball for the Brewers, while Caleb Smith starts for the Diamondbacks. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Wisconsin and the MLB Network.