Brewers vs. Mariners: What went right, what went wrong
The Milwaukee Brewers improved their spring training record to (5-7) after a 7-6 win over the Seattle Mariners today at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, AZ. The win snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Mariners. Below is a snapshot of things that went right, and things that went wrong today.
WHAT WENT RIGHT:
- The Brewers offense pounded out 15 hits and 3 home runs on the afternoon.
- Rickie Weeks was 3-3 (all singles) with a run scored.
- Outfield prospect Khris Davis continued his home run binge with his third of the spring - a laser beam to left center. Davis was 2-3 with 2 RBI on the day - even his out was smoked to the gap in left center. The only issue with Davis is that he just doesn't seem to have a position right now.
- First base prospect Hunter Morris is starting to show why he's so highly regarded. Morris crushed a second inning home run. He squared the ball up in both of his at bats and walked in his other plate appearance.
- Mike Fiers cruised through the first two innings without allowing a hit. He scuffled a bit in the third inning and ended up yielding two earned runs in three and a third innings.
- Young Jed Bradley closed out the Mariners with a flawless 9th inning striking out two.
- Donnie Murphy had a clutch two-run single to cut the Mariners lead to 6-5.
- Second baseman Scooter Gennett just keeps on hitting. He was 2-2 on the day.
WHAT WENT WRONG:
- Prospect Johnny Hellweg was scorched for four earned runs in just 1 inning of work and also had a wild pitch. Officially, Hellweg was credited with a blown save. The big blow was a 2-run HR off the bat of Kendrys Morales. Hellweg has good stuff, but was up in the zone with his fastball, and the Mariners feasted on it. At 6'9", Hellweg has a bright future, but had his first bad day of the spring.
- Left fielder Caleb Gindl had an adventurous day in the field. Early in the game, he lost a fly ball in the sun that landed untouched at his side. The official score keeper ruled it a hit. Later in the game Gindl was charged with a throwing error. Gindl had a terrible day at the play striking out in all three of his at bats.
- Nori Aoki was 0-3 with a strikeout on the afternoon. Short stop Jean Segura was also 0-3, but has had a nice spring hitting .368.
- I spilled a giant cup of water all over my shorts.
The Brewers will return to their home facility at Maryvale Baseball Park Thursday to host the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mark Rogers will make a very important start for the Brewers. Rogers is one of three young pitchers competing for a spot in the rotation.