As Spring Training winds down, the Brewers are getting their roster in order for Opening Day. Earlier in the day, manager Craig Counsell finalized his Opening Day rotation. In that rotation is Brett Anderson, who will take the #4 starter spot to begin the season. He got the start today to keep him on track for the fourth game of the season.
The game started relatively quiet in the first. Keston Hiura singled in the top of the inning but that was it for the Brewers. Meanwhile, Alex Dickerson was hit by a pitch before Anderson retired the next three in order to end the first.
In the second inning, Travis Shaw was hit by a pitch to put a runner on base, then advanced to third on two groundouts. He would then score on a single by Corey Ray, and Ray would score right after on a single from Anderson. Kolten Wong walked to put two runners on base, but Hiura flew out to end the inning.
The Brewers put together another threat on offense in the fourth, loading the bases with a Luke Maile single, Ray walk, and Wong walk, but Hiura struck out to end the inning. The Giants then responded in the bottom of the inning, putting two runners on base right away with singles from Brandon Belt and Buster Posey. The Brewers did turn a double play to get rid of one of those runners, but LaMonte Wade homered to score the other and tie the game at 2-2.
That would be it for offense for the game. From the fifth on, neither team had more than one baserunner in an inning. The Giants did have a chance to score in the eighth when Jason Krizan doubled and then reached third on a wild pitch, but could not score from there.
Brett Anderson pitched 5.2 innings in the game, allowing just those two runs in the fourth inning. He also allowed five hits in the game, but struck out three and did not walk a batter. Meanwhile, in the bullpen, Brent Suter had two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work, and Black added two strikeouts in an inning. Blaine Hardy worked around a hit for a scoreless inning in his inning of work as well.
On offense, Corey Ray led the way with a hit, a walk, and a stolen base. He also drove in one of the Brewers two runs. Brett Anderson also had a hit and RBI in the game, and Kolten Wong went 0-for-1 but did walk twice. No other batter reached base more than once, and the team had 11 strikeouts compared to 4 walks in the game.
With less than a week to go until Opening Day now, the Brewers are wrapping up their Arizona schedule with three more games. Their next game will be hosting the Chicago White Sox, with fifth starter Freddy Peralta taking the mound in what may be his final warmup of Spring Training. Opposing him will be Carlos Rodon of the White Sox. First pitch is at 3:10 pm.