Brewers KO Giants, fall to A’s

> Sorry for not posting yesterday, but the Brewers-Giants game ran a bit late. So, I’ll cover today’s game and yesterday’s game in this post.

> The Brewers-Giants game started off slow, but the Brewers came storming back following some Giant miscues (pun intended). The Brewers were down 3-0 due to an error by Cesar Izturis (that’s been a theme throughout the first two games) and some of Wily Peralta’s nerves. But, in the sixth inning, after a RBI groundout by Mat Gamel, Zelous Wheeler hit a two-run, game-tying homer.

But the best part was the seventh. With guys on first and second, Travis Ishikawa hit a pop up to fairly deep left field. Left fielder Justin Christian appeared camped under the ball, but apparently misjudged it, and it fell right past him. Both runners scored, and Ishikawa ended up on second. Ishikawa also hit a solo home run in the ninth inning as a finishing blow to the Giants, who are, ironically enough, his former team. Ishikawa played a part in their World Series championship run in 2010.

Anyway, the final score of the game was 7-3, and gave the Brewers their first Spring Training win of 2012.

> Today’s game wasn’t as exciting. The Brewers got two hits the entire game against the Athletics, who may very well be one of the worst teams in the Majors this year. The A’s won, 6-0, but only two of the runs the Brewers gave up were earned. Guess who was responsible for most of the unearned runs? None other than Izturis. I really hope Taylor Green makes the roster of this guy, because Izturis is nothing that he used to be defensively.

> Manny Parra threw his first inning against Major League hitters in quite some time today. He was solid, throwing a scoreless inning while working around a hit and a walk. If Parra can finally stay healthy this spring, he’ll be a huge part of this year’s bullpen.

> Earlier today, I realized that none of the Brewers’ starting pitchers who will be part of the opening day rotation have given up an earned run yet this spring. Randy Wolf and Zack Greinke each threw two scoreless innings in the first game, Chris Narveson threw to scoreless innings yesterday, and Yovani Gallardo did the same thing today. Hopefully this a sign of things to come, and the rotation does great during the regular season as well.

> Marco Estrada will be starting tomorrow’s game against the White Sox. It probably would have been Shaun Marcum, but, according to JSOnline, Marcum has been shut down for 2-3 days while nursing his “tender shoulder.” It’s not considered major, though.

> Anyway, that’s about it. Tomorrow’s game will feature Estrada pitching for the Brewers, as I said before, and Jake Peavy for the Sox.

I’ll update this post with both of these games’ box scores, but, for now, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.

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