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Brewers Wrap Up Cactus League and Split Two Games with the Astros

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Aug 23, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 23, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Brewers ended their Cactus League season going 13-13-2 and came into Houston with some roster cuts and officially had their starters picked out for their first series against the Giants. After Easter Sunday, the Brewers went 1-2, but had 3 more exhibition games to play before they opened up their first game of the season at home against the Giants on April 4th. So, the Brewers hoped their team could stay healthy through the last few exhibition games.

But, before we go any further on that, let’s look back at yesterday’s game as Jimmy Nelson had a solid outing going 5.1 innings with 5 Ks and ending his Spring Training with a 1.17 ERA. He only gave up 2 runs in 15 1/3 innings.

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On offense, Ryan Braun hit the highlight reel with a golf-like home run to left field. Both Jonathan Lucroy and Aaron Hill had a hit in every at-bat as together they went 5-5 with 2 RBIs as the Brewers took the win 6-1.

Today, Matt Garza took the start against former Brewer, now Astros starter, Mike Fiers. Garza seemed to be pitching well going 3.1 innings, 1 ER, and 5 Ks. But, unfortunately he left the game due to shoulder tightness.

Brewers held onto a 2-1 lead with Domingo Santana and Ryan Braun both hitting home runs to left field. But, in the bottom of the 6th, the Astros got RBIs from Carlos Gomez and Erik Kratz as Tyler Thornburg gave up 3 ERs today.

We’ll wait to see what happens on the news of Matt Garza’s shoulder tightness as he’s set to start against the Giants and Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday. Taylor Jungmann would be his replacement if he can’t make the start. Tomorrow, the Brewers have their last pre-season game of as they’ll face their Double-A affiliates, the Biloxi Shuckers at their own home ballpark of MGM Park in Biloxi, MS.

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