A Minute in Maryvale: 3.15.17

For the first time during 2017 Spring Training, the Milwaukee Brewers finished a game in a tie.

As per Spring Training tradition, most Cactus League or Grapefruit League games play a maximum of one extra inning past the normal nine, and Tuesday was no exception.

In a back-and-forth affair Tuesday, a solo home run from Chicago’s Chris Dominguez to lead off the ninth inning led to the first tie of the spring for Milwaukee (10-8-1) and the fourth for the Cubs (6-8-4) in front of a sold out crowd of 15,478 at Sloan Park in Mesa.

After spending most of the game behind, Dustin Houle drove in the game-tying run on a single in the top of the ninth inning and a subsequent error from left fielder Eloy Jimenez allowed Kyle Wren to score the go-ahead run.

Brewers Top-10 prospect Isan Diaz drove in a pair of runs on two RBI singles, while 2016 Sky Sox shortstop Orlando Arcia drove in a pair of runs of his own on two RBI groundout to make up the scoring in the second and fourth innings. 2016 draft pick Lucas Erceg scored on Arcia’s groundouts and recorded three hits in his five at-bats, resulting in a .450 batting average and .800 slugging percentage this spring.

After the North Siders scored four runs in the third inning to knock Zach Davies from the game, Eric Thames hit his first home run of the spring to cut the deficit to 6-5 after five innings.

Despite Davies’ tough start, the Milwaukee bullpen stepped up and kept the team in the game. Brent Suter, Corey Knebel, Andy Oliver, Michael Blazek and Tyler Cravy combined to give up three hits and one earned run, while striking out six Cubs.

The Cactus Crew hits the road again Wednesday afternoon, with a 2:10 MT tilt with the Colorado Rockies at Talking Stick Fields in Scottsdale. Chase Anderson gets the nod for the Brewers against Colorado’s Kyle Freeland in a rematch of the a March 5 Milwaukee victory in West Phoenix.

Over in the World Baseball Classic, Pool F began play with a matchup between the winners of Pools C and D. In a more defensive output compared to their respective first round games, Puerto Rico remained undefeated in the tournament, beating defending champion Dominican Republic, 3-1, in San Diego.

2016 Sky Sox pitcher Hiram Burgos manned the snapchat spectacles Tuesday, giving fans an inside look from Petco Park.

Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta made it safely back to Milwaukee’s camp after helping the Dominican Republic advance to the second round in San Diego.

Over in Tokyo, Pool E wrapped up play with the host nation Japan and The Netherlands advancing to the semifinals in Los Angeles.

The Dutch earned their second mercy-rule victory of the group by smoking four home runs en route to a 14-1 rout over Cuba, while the Japanese scored five runs in the sixth and three runs in the eighth to cruise to an 8-3 win and eliminate Israel.

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