Brewers’ baseball is officially back.
And what a way to start the spring training season it was.
Behind an onslaught of home runs by Keston Hiura, Avisaíl García, Tyrone Taylor, and Dylan Cozens, the Brewers took down the White Sox by a score of seven to two in six innings.
Offense Starts the Year Hot Versus White Sox’ Pitching
The Brewers’ lineup for today’s game consisted of many familiar faces and some newer ones.
Many of them showed up in big ways.
After a lead-off walk by García and a single by catcher Omar Narvaez, first baseman Keston Hiura stepped up to the plate. On a 3-2 count, Hiura sent a pitch to deep left center to take an early 3-0 lead. Hiura would finish 1-for-3 on the afternoon.
Center fielder Tyrone Taylor opened up the fourth inning with a one-out solo home run to give the Crew a 4-2 lead. Two batters later, Avisaíl García sent a solo shot over the center field batters’ eye to make the lead 5-2. Taylor would finish the afternoon going 2-for-3 with that home run, and García 1-for-2 with his home run, a strikeout, and a walk.
Non-roster invitee Dylan Cozens would make his presence known as well. In his only at-bat of the game in the sixth inning, Cozens hit a two-run home run off White Sox pitching prospect Danny Dopico. This home run was the Brewers’ fourth of the day, and gave the team a 7-2 lead.
Six Pitchers, Six Solid Innings
Manager Craig Counsell gave left-hander Eric Lauer, now wearing number 52, the nod to start this afternoon’s game. Lauer only pitched one inning, securing the win while giving up two runs on two hits. His runs would come on a two-run home run by White Sox center fielder Adam Engel. Lauer struggled with the major league team last season, and while he only pitched one inning, his first outing of the spring was not entirely promising.
The other pitchers today, though, performed amazingly. Counsell sent Justin Topa, Angel Perdomo, Miguel Sanchez, Ethan Small, and Aaron Ashby to the mound as well. They would combine to give up only two hits, two walks, and six strikeouts, including three from Ashby.
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