The Milwaukee Brewers took on the Cleveland baseball team earlier this afternoon, with Adrian Houser making his spring debut for the Cactus Crew. He started things off with a scoreless frame, working around a “single” on a pop up to Keston Hiura at first base by getting a couple of groundouts and a punchout.
Eric Lauer, in competition for a rotation spot, was not quite as successful during his outing. He walked old friend Ben Gamel to lead things off, then served up a two-run homer to Yu Chang to make it 2-0. The next batter, Mike Freeman, also took Lauer deep to make it 3-0. Lauer escaped without allowing any further damage in the second, then posted a 1-2-3 inning in the third to keep the score at 3-0.
Yu Chang launched his second home run of the day in the fourth, this one of diminutive lefty prospect Clayton Andrews. Aaron Ashby struck out the side in the fifth, but Ethan Small gave up a run in the sixth on a sac fly by Freeman.
Milwaukee scored their first and only run in the seventh, with Corey Ray drawing a one-out walk then consecutive singles by Pablo Reyes and Mario Feliciano loaded the bases. Dustin Peterson put the ball in play on a groundout that brought the runner home, cutting the lead to 5-1.
That would be where this eight inning game ended. Quintin Torres-Costa worked a scoreless seventh and indy ball grinder Jake Cousins worked around a walk to post a zero in the eighth. The Brewers recorded only three hits on their way to the 5-1 loss.
Milwaukee falls to 3-2 with defeat and will take on the Rockies tomorrow on the road, with first pitch scheduled for 2:10 PM central. Corbin Burnes will face off against Austin Gomber.