> Well, it wasn’t exactly the most exciting of games. But baseball season is back, and that’s all that matters.
The Brewers didn’t win or lose against the Giants today, something that wouldn’t happen during the regular season. The game ended in a tie, 1-1. You’d sort of expect the Giants offense to not be running on all cylinders (it never is), but the Brewers collected even less hits than the Giants. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of things to come, with Prince Fielder gone and the impending injury of Corey Hart (I’ll talk about that later this post).
The only run the Brewers scored came in the third inning on a Carlos Gomez RBI single off Madison Bumgarner, which followed a Jonathan Lucroy double. The Giants scored in the fifth inning on Brandon Crawford’s RBI single off John Axford.
Aside from Axford, though, the pitching was solid. Randy Wolf threw two perfect innings. Zack Greinke worked around three hits to toss two scoreless innings. Other than Axford, the relievers who worked- Kameron Loe, Marco Estrada, Juan Perez, and Mike Fiers- didn’t give up a run.
The Brewers play the Giants again tomorrow for a rare Spring Training night game at 8:35 CT. The probable starters are Chris Narveson for the Brewers and Matt Cain for the Giants. This game is going to be televised on MLB Network, probably streamed from CSN Bay Area, the Giants’ feed.
> Now, onto Hart’s injury… again. For the second straight spring, Hart will start the season on the DL, this time because of a torn meniscus in his right knee. After the surgery, Hart will need to recover for 3-4 weeks, which could actually give him a chance to return in time for the Brewers’ season opener against the Cardinals. But, everything would have to go perfect during his recovery, and he probably wouldn’t get enough at-bats to be ready by that time. So, I’m guessing he won’t be on the Brewers’ opening day roster, unfortunately.
Rickie Weeks was also scratched from today’s lineup with a sore shoulder, but he’s day-to-day, and it’s nothing as serious as Hart’s injury.
> There were a lot of Giants fans at today’s game in Maryvale, and they weren’t particularly kind to Ryan Braun. During his first at-bat, they were chanting “Urine sample!” Typical.
I actually think I’ve mentioned this in other posts, but the Giants as a franchise haven’t really impressed me over the past few years. After they won the World Series in 2010, most of the fans became extremely cocky. Then, after Scott Cousins took out Buster Posey in that infamous plate collision, GM Brian Sabaen came out and said that he “wouldn’t mind if Cousins never played another game in the Majors ever again.” Lastly, when the Brewers were in San Francisco for a series last year, Nyjer Morgan was manning center field. After he made a highlight reel catch, he signified that there were two outs. But, Giants fans took it as him flipping off the center field crowd.
I do know some Giants fans who aren’t like this, but it’s too bad the majority of the fan base is like that.
> Fielder hit his first homer of the spring with the Tigers today. Overall, though, the Tigers hit nine homers off the Braves, and won 18-3. Also, the Tigers nearly no-hit the Braves in their first Spring Training game yesterday. So either the Tigers are off to a hot start, or the Braves are just going to suck this year.
> And that’s about it. Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.
|Carlos Gomez, CF||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.500|
|-Cesar Izturis, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Nyjer Morgan, RF||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|-Eric Farris, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Ryan Braun, LF||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|-Norichika Aoki, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|-Taylor Green, 3B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Brooks Conrad, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|-Travis Ishikawa, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Mat Gamel, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|-Caleb Gindl, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|-Logan Schafer, CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|-Martin Maldanado, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Kottaras, DH||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a- Brock Kjeldgaard, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
a-Struck out for Kottaras in the 8th.
2B: Lucroy (1, Bumgarner).
TB: Gomez; Farris; Lucroy 3.
RBI: Gomez (1).
GIDP: Gonzalez, Ishikawa.
Team RISP: 1-for-2.
Team LOB: 2.
|John Axford (BS, 1)||1.0||3||1||1||0||1||0||9.00|
Groundouts-flyouts: Wolf 1-3, Greinke 1-1, Axford 1-1, Loe 1-1, Estrada 1-1, Perez 2-0, Fiers 2-0.
Batters faced: Wolf 6, Greinke 7, Axford 6, Loe 3, Estrada 4, Perez 4, Fiers 3.