Braun and Brewer bop Angels
Outfielder, off to the Classic, has two hits; Minor Leaguer homers
Brewers 5, Angels 3
at Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix
Saturday, Feb. 28
Angels at the plate: The Angels were held scoreless on three hits until the sixth, when Chris Pettit and Ryan Mount hit RBI singles off Brewers Minor Leaguer Matt Ginter. Matt Brown tied the game at 3 in the seventh with another RBI single, but the Brewers pushed ahead in the bottom of the frame and sent the Angels to their first Cactus League loss.
Brewers at the plate: Ryan Braun played seven innings in his final tuneup before departing for the World Baseball Classic, hitting a go-ahead single in the third inning and then doubling and scoring an insurance run in the seventh. Prince Fielder also hit an RBI single for Milwaukee but aptly named Minor Leaguer Brent Brewer delivered the key hit, a solo home run in the seventh that snapped a 3-3 tie and sent the Brewers to their second straight win.Angels on the mound: Starter Shane Loux worked around three Brewers hits in two scoreless innings of work before reliever Scot Shields surrendered Milwaukee's first run on a walk and a hit. Rich Thompson worked a scoreless sixth inning but took the loss after surrendering a pair of runs in the seventh. Brewers on the mound: Right-hander Braden Looper was scheduled to make his unofficial Brewers debut but was scratched minutes before the game when he tweaked a muscle in his lower back. Eddie Morlan, who was supposed to appear in relief, moved up to start and held the Angels scoreless in two innings despite allowing a hit and three walks. Minor League right-hander Richie Gardner (1-0) took the win and Nick Green notched a two-inning save. Cactus League records: Angels 3-1; Brewers 2-1-1 Up next: The Angels host the Royals on Sunday with two of the four fifth-starter candidates on display. Right-hander Dustin Moseley will start opposite Royals right-hander Gil Meche, and Nick Adenhart is scheduled to work in relief. Adenhart was supposed to pitch the Angels' Cactus League opener on Wednesday against the White Sox, but he was scratched because of the flu.
The Brewers, meanwhile, play the first of consecutive road games against National League West opponents. On Sunday it's a trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., to play the Giants, with righty Dave Bush making his first Cactus League start and second appearance for Milwaukee. He breezed through a seven-pitch inning in relief against the A's last week in relief of Jeff Suppan. With Corey Hart enjoying a day off and Braun gone to the World Baseball Classic, it will be a good test of Milwaukee's outfield depth. Look for newcomer Trot Nixon to start at one of the corner-outfield spots.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.