Suppan, Brewers win pitchers' duel
Fielder homers to back Opening Day starter vs. White Sox
BREWERS 2, WHITE SOX 1
Thursday, April 2
White Sox at the plate: Wilson Betemit hit an RBI single in the first inning, one of two Sox hits in the frame, but Chicago was blanked on only two more hits over the final eight innings. Dewayne Wise was supposed to start in the leadoff hole, but he was scratched with flu symptoms. The White Sox fell to 4-12-1 in their past 17 spring games, including four consecutive losses, and were limited to one run for the third straight game.
Brewers at the plate: Prince Fielder tied the game at 1 with a fourth-inning home run, and Bill Hall hit a go-ahead single in the sixth in the Brewers' Arizona finale. Fielder and Hall also made highlight-worthy defensive plays as the Crew finished 14-3-1 in their final 18 Cactus League games and won 20 Spring Training games for the first time since 1995 (21-18-1).White Sox on the mound: Gavin Floyd issued four walks in five innings of work, but limited the Brewers to two hits and one run. Both of the hits were in the fourth inning, and they included Fielder's sixth Spring Training homer. D.J. Carasco took the loss after allowing Milwaukee's run in the sixth on a walk and two hits. Brewers on the mound: Opening Day starter Jeff Suppan stayed sharp in his final Spring Training start, holding the Sox to one run on three hits in five innings. He surrendered only one hit after the first inning, and allowed only two runs over his final three Cactus League starts and 17 innings. Suppan was replaced by Carlos Villanueva, who is likely to close games at the start of the season with Trevor Hoffman on the disabled list. Villanueva pitched a perfect inning and struck out two. Cactus League records: White Sox 14-19-1; Brewers 20-10-3 Up next: The Brewers will spend the next week in California, with two exhibition games scheduled at Dodger Stadium before the three-game regular-season series opener against the Giants in San Francisco on Tuesday. Yovani Gallardo, who is slated to start Game 2 of the season, will work Friday night at 9:10 p.m. CT against the Dodgers in his final tuneup. L.A. resident Ryan Braun will continue piling up at-bats for the Brewers as he recovers from rib cage and thumb injuries.
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