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.