As the Brewers started their day with hearing the rough news of Will Smith’s torn knee ligament, a typical line must be used – “The game must go on.” While nothing seemed to go right at first, the Brewers back-up crew did their usual and made highlights in the 9th inning.
Friday’s game against the Cubs was much the same as the Brewers offense was very quiet throughout the game and before you knew it, the Brewers got 5 runs in the 9th and took the win. Yesterday, the Brewers didn’t have much on offense and waited until late in the game to add 4 runs and end it with the help of Manny Pina’s 3-run home run in a 7-7 tie.
“I don’t know what to make of that, but we’ve done a good job the last two days – four- and five-run innings in the ninth,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Spring-training baseball.”
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After facing the Diamondbacks and Patrick Corbin on Monday, the Brewers’ offense knew they’d have a challenge. With Jonathan Lucroy’s HR and 2 more runs, they at least got Corbin’s ERA over 1.70 for ST and for any team that’d be an accomplishment.
Matt Garza didn’t have the best start to help support the team as he gave them 5 IP, 9 Hs, and 4 ERs. But, Counsell thought all went well for his SP.
“I thought Matt was good,” said Counsell. ” I think some really good things happened today. Had some chances to put away hitters and didn’t quite make pitches today. But I liked what I saw out there. Some other good things happened for him. It was a good day.”
It put the Brewers at 12-10-2 in Cactus League as they had an 8-8 tie against the Oakland A’s on March 5th.
On Sunday, they’ll go on the road to Goodyear Ballpark against the Cleveland Indians. The Brewers will start Taylor Jungmann, who comes in with a 4.97 ERA in 12.2 IP and the Indians will start Cody Anderson, who comes in with a 6.00 ERA in 12.0 IP.