A Minute in Maryvale: 3.27.17

We have reached the final week of the 2017 Spring Training schedule in Arizona. Teams across the country (including the Sky Sox) have opened their box offices to the general public, signaling just how close we are to Opening Day (10 days here in Colorado Springs!).

With MLB’s Opening Day officially starting this Sunday with three games and the rest of the schedule continuing into Monday, action in Arizona is starting to wind down. Tim Dillard, however, is not winding down.

Another thing not winding down are the roster moves as two more 2016 Sox pitchers were reassigned to Minor League camp.

For the Brewers (14-15-1), Monday provides a needed off day, as the weekend saw the Cactus Crew drop two games in walk-off fashion and a third when they ran into the Oakland buzzsaw for a second time.

Reds 12, Brewers 11

In an offensive slugfest that saw the NL Central rivals combine for 23 runs and 35 hits, Arismendy Alcantara hit a walk-off two-run double to give Cincinnati the one-run win in Goodyear Friday.

Manny Pina hit his fourth home run of the spring with a two-run shot to tie the game in the fifth inning. Eric Sogard tripled in a pair of runs to spark the five-run second inning, and Nate Orf gave Milwaukee a late lead with a two-run double in the ninth inning.

Royals 1, Brewers 0 (10 innings)

In a stark contrast to Friday’s game, Kansas City and Milwaukee engaged in a pitcher’s duel Saturday afternoon in Surprise. The Brewers’ pitching staff allowed just five hits in 10 innings, but a solo home run by Raul Mondesi, Jr., proved to be enough offense in the second consecutive walk-off loss.

Wily Peralta threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out three Royals batters. Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana and Jesus Aguilar recorded the only three hits Milwaukee mustered, all coming off Royals starter Ian Kennedy.

Athletics 11, Brewers 1

For the second time in a week, the Oakland bats came alive and struck early, reaching double digits for the second time against Milwaukee pitching Sunday in West Phoenix.

Bruce Maxwell finished the day with two home runs and four RBIs to lead Oakland, while Max Schrock (2 RBI), Alejandro De Aza, Adam Rosales, Richie Martin, Viosergy Rosa and Kenny Wilson all drove in a run for the A’s.

For Milwaukee, Ryan Braun provided the lone offense, hitting a solo shot off Jharel Cotton in the fourth inning for his second home run of the spring. Matt Garza took the loss by allowing five runs in 2 1/3 innings.

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