> The Brewers haven’t had the greatest spring thus far, coming into today with a 7-12 record. But, they got two of those wins back in one day today, with a split-squad sweep of the Dodgers and Royals. Both of these games had a few big storylines.
> The Brewers defeated the Dodgers, 7-1. It was Shaun Marcum’s first start of the spring, and it couldn’t have been much better (at least for his first start). He went three scoreless innings while giving up one hit. He struck out three and walked one.
But the biggest story was Norichika Aoki, who hit his first home run of the spring. And it came off of none other than reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who is supposed to be tough on lefties. But Aoki tacked on a single along with the home run against Kershaw. Aoki is now hitting .313 in his first Major League ST.
The rest of the runs came later in the game. Rickie Weeks hit an RBI double in the fifth. In the seventh, Matt Cline hit a bunt single for an RBI, and Jay Gibbons hit a two-RBI double. The last run came in the eighth on Martin Maldanado’s RBI single. You’ll notice that a few of these guys are sort of no-names (Cline and Gibbons in particular), but it’s good to see them producing.
> The Brewers-Royals game also had its share of storylines. The Brewers won, 7-3, largely in part to second baseman Scooter Gennett hitting for the cycle, which is pretty rare in an ST game. He hit his triple in the first inning, and later scored on a wild pitch. He then hit an RBI ground-rule double in the second. He struck out in the fourth inning, but hit a single in the sixth inning. Gennett finished his cycle off with a two-run home run in the eighth inning.
Now, I doubt Gennett is going to be in the Majors anytime soon, despite his top prospect status. He’s blocked at second base for the next few years by Weeks, so, unless a position change is in order, he may not be up for awhile. But it’s still good to see him do something like this, even if it’s just in an ST game.
But it is sort of sad that the Royals didn’t put up more of a fight today. The Brewers team they were playing had just two regulars in the lineup, Nyjer Morgan and Mat Gamel. Marco Estrada was the starter, and threw four scoreless innings, but other than him, the three pitchers who pitched (Josh Butler, Dan Meadows, and Victor Garate) probably won’t make the Brewers’ roster.
> Carlos Gomez and Alex Gonzalez were both out with what were called “minor ailments” today. Gomez went home sick before the Brewers’ home game, and they didn’t say what his sickness was. Gonzalez has a bruised right heel, but it must not be very serious since Ron Roenicke nearly started him anyway. And it better not be serious- I don’t want to see Cesar Izturis starting at shortstop to start the season.
> And that’s about it. I know I said I was going to a post on Reviewing the Brew today, but I wound up not having time, so sorry about that. Hopefully that will be up tomorrow, though. Anyway, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.