Good morning and welcome to another edition of Brewer Daily News. As the work week starts again this Monday morning, the Milwaukee Brewers will see four players return to the team from the World Baseball Classic. In the first bit a news, despite yesterday’s 6-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants, Brewers’ center fielder Carlos Gomez kept up his impressive hit streak. Secondly, with Team Canada’s loss to Team USA yesterday, the Brewers will see the return of John Axford, Jim Henderson, Taylor Green and Rene Tosoni.
In yesterday’s 6-1 loss to the Giants, Gomez went 2-2, driving his Spring Training batting average up to .533. Gomez, who was named the starting center fielder last year over Nyjer Morgan, has definitely begun to pull his weight as a starter.
Also in the loss, Norichika Aoki went 1-3 and scored one run thanks to Alex Gonzalez who picked up his fourth RBI of the spring. Chris Narveson started the game for the Brewers and was pegged with the loss as he pitched three innings and gave up two runs on five hits while striking out one. Prospect Jed Bradley pitched two innings and gave up three unearned runs on three hits and struck out three. Matt Cain got the win for the Giants, improving to 1-2 in Spring Training.
With Team USA beating Team Canada, not only will the Americans move on to play Team Italy in Florida this week, but the Brewers gain back three key players. Henderson, who pitched in yesterday’s game, gave up three runs on three hits, striking out one and got the loss and blown save. Axford came into the game later and gave up one run on two hits and struck out one.
Green went 0-5 with two strikeouts and Tosoni did not play in yesterday’s match. For Team USA, they will continue to use the Brewers’ Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy, both of whom have done well so far. Lucroy pinch hit in yesterday’s game, driving in one run at a crucial time in the game; Braun went 1-5 with two strikeouts.