For the third time in four spring training games, Milwaukee came out on the losing end, the latest a 6-3 loss to Kansas City on Tuesday in Phoenix.
The outcome, though, didn’t take away from a solid day at the plate for centerfielder Keon Broxton, who had a pair of hits and a run scored as the Brewers leadoff man, helping Milwaukee jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. They followed that up with a monster home run from shortstop Yadiel Rivera in the second, but that was the end of the offense until top prospect Lewis Brinson tripled and Manny Pina singled him home in the eighth inning.
Zach Davies made his spring debut for Milwaukee, pitching a scoreless first inning and striking out a pair before giving way to seven relievers, including Hiram Burgos, who got lit up for four runs on six hits in just two innings of work and took the loss.
Milwaukee will face NL Central division rival Cincinnati on Wednesday, with the first pitch coming at 2:05 at the Brewers spring training home in Maryvale, Ariz.
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers have optioned pitcher Zach Davies to Triple-A Colorado Springs Skysox and recalled fist baseman Andy Wilkins.
Davies led Milwaukee to a 5-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, but isn’t scheduled to pitch again in the rotation until July 15 due to the All-Star break.
It originally looked like Davies would be using the time off from the majors to get a start in Colorado Spring, but according to general manager David Stearns, Davies won’t actually take the mound for the Skysox. He can be recalled in 10 days and return to the rotation in time to get his normal start.
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin | Zach Davies has seen better days. The Brewers starting pitcher gave up three homers to three Dodger hitters | Trayce Thompson, Yasmani Grandal, and Corey Seager. The Dodgers beat the Brewers 8-1 on Thursday to take the series.
Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (7-5) held the Brewers to one run over six innings as the Dodgers also won the season series from the Brewers, five games to two.
The strong start by Maeda was needed by the Dodgers, who announced before the game that they were placing ace Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury.
In other Brewers news, RHP Taylor Jungmann, who began the season in the starting rotation before being demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs after posting a 0-4 record and an ERA of 9.15 in five starts, has been reassigned to Double-A Biloxi after a period of mental rest. Jungmann also struggled at Colorado Springs, going 1-3 with a 9.87 ERA in eight starts. He was scheduled to start for Biloxi on Thursday at Birmingham.
Matt Garza (1-0, 2.81), who recorded his first win of the season on Saturday, will take the mound as Milwaukee opens a three-game series at St. Louis on Friday. Garza is 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA in 12 career starts against the Cardinals.
June 1, 2016 | 3:14 PM
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin | Sometimes the game of baseball just doesn’t make sense. The Cardinals had dominated the Brewers at Miller Park winning 30 of their last 40 to start the day. On top of that, Brewers pitcher Zach Davies has had his struggles this season. But on Thursday afternoon, Davies was at his best as the Brewers beat the Cardinals 3-1.
Davies (3-3, 4.53 ERA) pitched eight shutout innings, struck out nine and did not walk a batter. He struck out the side in the 8th inning | his final one of the game. Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress gave up a leadoff homer to pinch hitter Brandon Moss to leadoff the 9th. It was Moss’s 3rd pinch hit homer of the year. But Jeffress was perfect after that for his 13th save.
Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado hit a solo homer in the 6th, his first of the season. Ryan Braun went 2-4 with an RBI single upping his average to .352. Chris Carter added an RBI single as well.
The Brewers avoid the sweep and now head to Philadelphia to start a four game series with the Phillies.
Ryan Braun is now 5th among NL outfielders in All-Star voting. He trailes the Nationals’ Bryce Harper, the Cubs’ Dexter Fowler, Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes and Cubs’ Jason Heyward.