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Brewers Lose Game, Release Crosby


GOODYEAR, AZ (WSAU) The Milwaukee Brewers lost to Cleveland 4-to-2 yesterday in a Cactus League exhibition in Goodyear Arizona.

Brewers’ starter Marco Estrada went two-and-a-third innings on short rest, as he aligns himself to start the second game of the regular season in two weeks. Estrada allowed one run on three hits, and his spring E-R-A is a stingy zero-point-nine-six.

Logan Schafer scored on a wild pitch from Indians’ starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who left in the sixth after being hit on the right foot by a drive from Jean Segura. Brewers’ prospect Blake Lalli went 2-for-3 with a run-scoring double.

Manager Ron Roenicke says Lalli has a chance to make Milwaukee’s regular season roster as a back-up first baseman and a possible third catcher.

The Brewers have lost six-of-their-last nine exhibitions, and are 8-12-and-1 in the Cactus League. They’re expected to get Ryan Braun back today, when they take on the Angels of Anaheim. The Brewers released veteran infielder Bobby Crosby yesterday. The 33-year-old veteran was attempting a comeback after being out of baseball for two years. But he got a late start at Spring Training with a thigh injury, and he struggled after that.

Crosby hit just .188 in seven Cactus League with no homers and no R-B-I’s. He played at first base, third, and short. General manager Doug Melvin said Crosby’s chances of making the team were slim – so he decided to be released, leaving him open to hook up with somebody else.

Manager Ron Roenicke said Crosby would benefit from an extended stay in Triple-“A,” where he could play every day and get his entire game back. The skipper said Crosby played well in the field, but he needs a lot of at-bats.