A Minute in Maryvale: 3.23.17

In case you haven’t checked social media yet, today is a major national holiday.

March 23 is (supposedly) officially National Puppy Day. On Twitter, searching #NationalPuppyDay brings you to a world of nothing but adorable pictures of adorable puppies.

If you need another reason to waste time, you’re welcome.

And here’s another reason to waste time and get excited: We’re two weeks away from opening day!

Among some news from the Brewers’ beat writing corps, a couple players have been told they made the Milwaukee Brewers’ Opening Day roster–one of whom was a member of the Sky Sox last season.

Out in Los Angeles, the United States national team made history Wednesday night. Backed by shutdown pitching and timely hitting throughout the World Baseball Classic, the Americans won their first-ever WBC title, defeating Puerto Rico, 8-0, at Dodger Stadium.

Marcus Stroman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run in the third inning to break the game open and give the Americans the second striaght win over a previously undefeated squad. Puerto Rico entered the final having won all seven of their WBC games–the same feat accomplished by Japan before their semifinal loss to Stars and Stripes.

After striking out four times in the U.S’ win over Japan, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado scored a pair of runs and had two of the team’s 13 hits in his five at-bats. From his third base position, Arenado also recorded the final out of the Classic, retiring Carlos Correa on a ground ball to the hot corner.

Meanwhile, the Cactus Crew (14-11-1) had their three-game winning streak snapped, falling 6-4 to the San Francisco Giants at Maryvale Baseball Park. Jesus Aguilar hit his fifth home run of the spring, with Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana chipping in with a RBI each, but the Giants (12-14) scored four straight to come back from a 4-2 deficit in West Phoenix.

After finishing their Spring series with the Bay Area west siders, Milwaukee heads to Hohokam Park in Mesa Thursday afternoon for a 2:05 p.m. MT matchup with the team who calls the east side of the Bay Area home. Opening Day starter Junior Guerra heads to the mound against Oakland’s Raul Alcantara.

(Featured photo courtesy of @MLBNetwork)

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