A Minute in Maryvale: 3.29.17

Well, Sky Sox fans, the wait is nearly over.

After going through what always seems like an eternally long offseason and the month of March, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox will be here in the Centennial State within the week.

In the meantime, Milwaukee plays its final game of the 2017 Cactus League today in West Phoenix against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Zach Davies gets the start in the last matchup in the Grand Canyon State before the Brewers play the Chicago White Sox for two exhibition games at Miller Park.

On Tuesday, Mitch Ghelfi and the offense came to the rescue, scoring six runs in the final two innings to defeat the Cleveland Indians, 13-12, on a walk-off at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Cleveland put four runs on the board in the early innings, but Opening Day starter Junior Guerra–along with Tyler Cravy, Neftali Feliz and Carlos Torres–contained the damage to allow the offense to get back in the game and take a 7-4 lead midway through.

The visitors tied the game and took the lead off the back end of the bullpen with eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but Corey Knebel (1-0) threw a scoreless ninth to earn his first win.

Offensively, Orlando Arcia and Jesus Aguilar each led the Brewers with 3 RBI. Eric Sogard and Javier Betancourt each drove in 2 runs and Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana and Mitch Ghelfi all had a RBI apiece. Overall, Milwaukee slugged five home runs off Corey Kluber and the Indians’ bullpen.

Arcia hit a pair of homers to account for his offense, hitting opposite-field shots in the second and fourth innings–the latter to help tie the game at four.

After Braun and Sogard hit home runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to extend the early lead, Aguilar crushed a three-run shot to complete the five-run eighth against his former team, matching Cleveland’s five-run eighth half an inning before.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee alum Ghelfi then stepped up in the ninth inning, singling home Hernan Perez, who led off the frame by reaching second base on an error by second baseman Jorma Rodriguez.

In other Brew Crew news, the middle infield puzzle became a little clearer as Scooter Gennett was claimed off waivers by the Reds and will be heading to Cincinnati.

With the final rosters submitted by Milwaukee on Saturday, who makes up the Opening Day roster from Milwaukee to Colorado Springs and down the chain is the talking point of the moment.

And for those who are enamored by the art of statcast metrics:

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