A Minute in Maryvale: 3.22.17

From Phoenix to Los Angeles, Wednesday brings more news across the baseball wire. While Team USA fights for their first World Baseball Classic title, the Brewers continue to use a combination of potent offense and stout pitching to up their Cactus League record.

The Maryvale Baseball Park also is the site of a few more cuts from the Major League roster, meaning that Colorado Springs is getting some more faces to add to the 2017 Opening Day roster.

After news of three outfielders being sent to Colorado Springs to start camp, Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt tweeted that the Sky Sox infield will be getting some veteran presence.

2016 Sky Sox catcher Manny Pina is making a statement in his last few games, leading the Brewers’ offense with a three-run home run as part of a four-run fifth inning as Milwaukee came from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 5-4, Tuesday in Glendale.

Pina has now hit three home runs during the 2017 Cactus League schedule, all of which have come in the past three games.

“He’s playing well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters after the game. “It seems like every game we’re talking about him now.”

After Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu opened the scoring with a RBI bloop single in the fourth inning, Milwaukee (14-10-1) responded quickly off reliever Luis Avilan (2-2). Domingo Santana and Travis Shaw walked to start the frame and Scooter Gennett drove in Santana one batter later on a bloop double down the right field line. Pina cleared the bases one batter later.

Matt Garza started for the Crew, throwing 3 2/3 of one-run ball, scattering six hits and recording his first five strikeouts of Spring Training. Andy Oliver (2-0), Neftali Feliz, Jhan Marinez, Ryan Webb, Jacob Barnes and Taylor Jungmann held on after a late Dodgers (13-13) rally to earn the victory for the visitors.

Milwaukee heads back home to West Phoenix for a Wednesday afternoon rematch with the San Francisco Giants after the Brewers defeated the Giants Sunday in Scottsdale. First pitch is 2:05 p.m. MT with Jimmy Nelson squaring off with Matt Cain.

For the first time in the history of the World Baseball Classic, the United States will play in the championship final.

On a rainy and cold Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Adam Jones drove in Brandon Crawford on a mishandled groundout to third base in the eighth inning to give the designated visitors a 2-1 win over previously undefeated Japan.

Tanner Roark tossed four scoreless innings in the semifinal start and six relievers combined for five innings of one-run ball to preserve the victory.

Marcus Stroman gets the start for the Americans against undefeated Puerto Rico at 7 p.m. MT on MLB Network and MLB.tv against New York Mets’ prospect Seth Lugo.

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