Spring Training is winding down, and today Brandon Woodruff took the mound for his final tune-up before he toes the slab on Opening Day for the Milwaukee Brewers next week. Woody faced off against the Kansas City Royals this afternoon and worked into the fifth inning on 78 pitches, yielding a pair of runs on four hits and two walks. He did strike out seven and induced a double play, and looks to be ready to roll for the regular season.
Two players who face some uncertainty regarding their Opening Day status due to injury concerns are Lorenzo Cain and Jackie Bradley, Jr., but both got on the field today and fared well at the plate. JBJ recorded a pair of hits, a walk, and scored a pair of runs. LoCain did the lean back, launching his first home run of the spring among two hits and a walk himself.
The Brewers got on the board first in this one, putting up a two-spot in the first inning thanks to a two-run single by Big Dan Vogelbach. After an offensive lull in the next few innings, the offense broke through for a crooked number in the fifth. Cain led off with a walk then JBJ singled, and Keston Hiura doubled to bring home Cain and make it 3-1. The next batter was Avisail Garcia and he singled to center, scoring Bradley, Jr. to bring the score to 4-1. After a flyout by Vogelbach, Manny Pina singled to center to score Hiura and make it 5-1.
Angel Perdomo cleaned things up for the Woodruff and the Brewers in the bottom of the fifth, punching out a pair of Royals to end the inning. Jordan Zimmermann, newly re-signed to a minor league deal, struggled during his two innings, however. He yielded five hits and three runs across two innings, bringing his Cactus League ERA to 13.50.
The Brewers scored their sixth and final run in the 6th on Cain’s solo shot. Drew Rasmussen threw a scoreless inning to record a hold, but Miguel Sanchez could not keep the lead in the bottom of the 9th. He did strike out the side, but allowed a pair of hits and a led the tying run score on a wild pitch. That’s how the game ended — a 6-6 tie.
Now 12-11-3 on the spring, the Brewers prepare to face the Reds tomorrow afternoon at 2:10 PM central at home in Maryvale. Corbin Burnes is set to face off against Jeff Hoffman.