Brewers 5, White Sox 4

A strong finish to spring training meant something to the
Milwaukee Brewers.

Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the
Brewers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Saturday in the
exhibition finale for both teams.

”Obviously, this game doesn’t count, but it feels good to go
out there and pitch well and hit well,” Milwaukee catcher Jonathan
Lucroy said.

Adam Dunn hit a solo homer in the fourth for the White Sox.

The Brewers had 12 hits, highlighted by Weeks’ third home run of
the spring. They used nine pitchers and really only ran into
trouble in the fifth.

Chicago scratched out three runs, one earned, against Tom
Gorzelanny. Throwing errors put runners in scoring position for
Gordon Beckham and Dewayne Wise, who each drove in a run. Brandon
Short added an RBI double, but Hector Gimenez grounded out to end
the inning.

The White Sox had one hit off three relievers the rest of the
way.

”We pitched very well, considering it was pretty much a bullpen
day,” Lucroy said. ”I thought that we threw real well. Hopefully,
we can carry this over into Monday.”

The Brewers open the season at home against the Colorado
Rockies.

Gavin Floyd, scheduled to start Thursday for the White Sox
against Kansas City in the finale of a three-game series, gave up
Weeks’ homer.

Jose Quintana threw a scoreless second before Dylan Axelrod took
over to start the third. He threw 5 1-3 shutout innings before
tiring in the eighth. Axelrod, slated to start Friday against
Seattle, was pulled after RBI doubles by Lucroy and Sean
Halton.

Logan Schafer’s run-scoring single off Matt Zaleski put
Milwaukee ahead.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura wasn’t too worried about
Axelrod’s eighth inning because the team accomplished what it set
out to do with him.

”We were extending him there with him being the fifth
starter,” Ventura said. ”He threw fine. It’s good to see.”

NOTES: After the game, the White Sox reassigned five players to
minor league camp: RHP Ramon Troncoso, RHP Jeff Gray, C Bryan
Anderson, INF Steve Tolleson and INF Josh Bell. RHP Brian Omogrosso
was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. … RHP Alfredo Figaro and OF
Khris Davis won the final two opening day roster spots for
Milwaukee. … White Sox RHP Jesse Crain made the opening day
roster. He had been a question mark, but his strong showing Friday
night and no lingering effects of strained right adductor erased
any doubt. It was his third appearance in the last five days after
pitching in only three games this spring due to the injury. … The
Brewers wore uniforms designed by Ben Peters of Richfield, Minn.,
who won the team’s Design a YOUniform contest. … The two-game
exhibition series drew 28,793.