A Minute in Maryvale: 2.28.17

Ned Yost managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003 to 2008. In 2010, he took over the helm of the Kansas City Royals, helping them win the 2015 World Series–the organization’s first since 1985.

At 1:05 MT Tuesday afternoon, Yost and his son–new Sky Sox coach Ned Yost IV–square off at Maryvale Baseball Park, when the Brewers host the Royals in Milwaukee’s second straight matchup against a team stationed in Surprise, Ariz.

Royals 6, Brewers 3

Yadiel Rivera hit his first home run of Spring Training and Zach Davies pitched a scoreless inning in his first outing of 2017, but Kansas City scored six unanswered runs to earn the 6-3 win Tuesday afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park.

The matchup dealt with some rain and hail less than an hour before first pitch, but the Brewers (1-3) remained stout on the mound early, temporarily slowing down a Kansas City (3-1) offense that put up 14 runs in a seven-inning contest against Seattle in Peoria, Ariz.

After battling in a pitcher’s duel during the first half of the game with the Texas Rangers Monday, Milwaukee jumped on top in the first inning Tuesday. Domingo Santana roped a RBI single to score Keon Broxton, who tripled to lead off the frame.

The offense continued one inning later as Rivera blasted a solo home run off the batter’s eye in center field to give the 2016 Sox middle infielder his first RBI of Spring Training and the Brewers a 2-0 lead. The round-tripper also marked Rivera’s first hit of camp in his third appearance of the exhibition schedule.

The Brewers’ scoreless inning streak spanning three games ended at 13 innings as Kansas City tied the game with a two-run double to right field off the bat of Brayan Pena in the fourth inning off Michael Blazek. The Royals took the lead two innings later, when Ryan O’Hearn launched a solo home run off Hiram Burgos to give the visitors a 3-2 lead.

The Royals broke the game open in the eighth inning, plating three runs to expand their lead to 6-2. Terrance Gore led off the frame with a double off Burgos and was swiftly driven in on a RBI single by Hunter Dozier. One batter later, former Reno Ace slugger Peter O’Brien roped a two-run home run over the batter’s eye, his third in the first four games of Spring Training.

The Brewers got back on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning. 2016 Sox catcher Manny Pina flared a RBI single to left field, scoring Lewis Brinson and cutting the deficit to three runs.

Cactus League action continues Wednesday at 1:05 MT, as Milwaukee hosts Cincinnati at Maryvale Baseball Park. Chase Anderson gets the start for the Brewers against a Reds pitcher to be named later.

(Featured image courtesy of @Brewers)

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