A Minute in Maryvale: 3.6.17

Let it be known that we are exactly one month away from the start of the 2017 Colorado Springs Sky Sox baseball season. Get ready, Colorado Springs. Triple-A baseball will be here before we know it.

In the meantime, the parent club Milwaukee Brewers had themselves a very successful weekend. Over two weekend games against the Texas Rangers and the Colorado Rockies, the Cactus Crew won both matchups by a combined 16-5 score. You can check out the game recaps below.

2016 Sox outfielder Keon Broxton has been making some noise in Brewers camp, and Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell has taken notice.

Meanwhile, across the Pacific Ocean, the 2017 World Baseball Classic kicked off in the early morning hours Monday in Seoul, South Korea. Pool A play started with an upset, as the host nation fell in 10 innings to Israel, 2-1.

MLB veteran Jason Marquis pitched three innings in the start and New York Mets prospect Josh Zeid earned the win with three innings in relief.

Offensively, the visitors received production from the bottom of the order. No.8 batter and Cleveland Indians prospect Tyler Kreiger drew a RBI walk in the second inning and Colorado Rockies prospect Scott Burcham drove in the go-ahead run on a RBI single in the tenth inning from his no. 9 spot.

Israel plays its second pool play game at 8 p.m. MT in Seoul against Chinese Taipei, with the three remaining pools start in the following three days.

Be sure to check out the guide to watching the 2017 WBC to find out which players with Sky Sox ties will be representing their countries, and also check out the article the Brewers put together about their players in the Classic.

Brewers 14, Indians 4

The Milwaukee Brewers offense continued its recent offensive outburst Monday afternoon, led by the No. 3 spot in the lineup, to defeat a Cleveland Indians split squad, 14-4 , at the Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz.

The Brewers (5-5) won their third straight game and raised their Spring Training record to .500, thanks to four runs in the third and five runs in the fifth inning.

The visitors jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after two innings and broke open a 2-2 tie half an inning after Cleveland (4-5) tied the score with single runs in the first and second innings. Catcher Jett Bandy had three hits in his first three at-bats, while Travis Shaw drove in two runs and scored two runs from the power-hitting third spot.

Milwaukee scored half of their runs in the sixth inning and later, highlighted by a pair of blasts from 2016 second round selection Lucas Erceg. His grand slam to blow the game open in the sixth inning landed on top of the roof of the right field pavilion.


The Cactus Crew will has a scheduled off day Tuesday before embarking on their first split-squad games of the 2017 calendar. Half of the team will stay at Maryvale Baseball Park to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at 1:05 p.m. MT for the second time this spring. The other half will travel up the road to Camelback Ranch in neighboring Glendale to take on the Chicago White Sox at 1:05 p.m. MT.

Brewers 9, LG Twins 4

While the big league squad was playing in Goodyear, the Milwaukee minor leaguers opened their spring schedule in a friendly against South Korea’s LG Twins at the Maryvale Baseball Park. The prospect-laden squad earned their first win, thanks to a quartet of long balls.

No. 8 Brewers prospect Isan Diaz (2016: Class-A Wisconsin) opened the scoring with a RBI single in the opening frame, and the lead was extended on a solo home run from Demi Orimoloye (2016: Rookie-level Helena). After the Korean side plated three runs in the fourth inning, Joantgel Segovia (2016: Rooke-level Helena) lined a two-run home run to left-centerfield to re-take the lead.

The Twins used three singles to re-tie the score at four in the top of the eighth, but Troy Stokes (2016: Class-A Wisconsin) led off the bottom of the frame with the third home of the game to left field. Later in the inning, Gabriel Noriega (2016: Double-A Biloxi) crushed another home run to left-center to add an insurance run.

Nathan Kirby earned the start and threw a scoreless nine-pitch first inning, marking his return to the mound after Tommy John Surgery in 2016. 2016 Sox closer Damien Magnifico gave a pair of singles, but bounced back to place a zero on the scoreboard in the third inning.

(Featured photo courtesy of @Brewers)

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