MILWAUKEE — Jimmy Nelson pitched five innings of one-run ball in his final start before the regular season, Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit his fourth homer of the spring and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Saturday.
The Brewers won the game with one out in the bottom of the ninth when minor leaguer Kyle Wren singled through a drawn-in infield off Chicago’s Connor Walsh to drive home Jett Bandy from third.
The White Sox had tied the game with two runs in the top of the ninth. Jose Abreu had a RBI double in the inning and added a solo shot in the seventh.
Abreu finished the spring with hits in seven of his last eight games, including three home runs.
The game was delayed for about 10 minutes in the ninth after Chicago’s Nicky Delmonico collided with Brewers catcher Rene Garcia on a play at the plate.
Garcia appeared to be favoring his left leg and upper body before he was immobilized and carted off the field in a stretcher. Manager Craig Counsell said he was taken to a hospital.
Nelson, who is slotted into the fifth spot in the rotation, struck out three and allowed two hits, including a homer in the first to Melky Cabrera.
Manager Rick Renteria announced that IFs Yolmer Sanchez, Matt Davidson and Leury Garcia, IF/OF Cody Asche and RHP Michael Ynoa had made Chicago’s opening day roster.
White Sox: Anthony Swarzak or Dylan Covey could be in the mix to hold down a starting spot with left-hander Carlos Rodon (left biceps) expected to start the year on the disabled list. Because of off days, the White Sox may not need a fifth starter for a couple weeks. Swarzak pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief on Saturday.
Brewers: SP Matt Garza (right groin) and C Andrew Susac (upper back) are expected to start the season on the disabled list.
White Sox: LHP Jose Quintana starts on opening day at home on Monday against Detroit. Quintana was 13-12 last season with a 3.20 ERA.
Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra, who starts Monday at home against Colorado, has gone from journeyman to opening day starter in less than a year. Guerra was 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts in 2016. Tune in to FOX Sports Wisconsin for a special 1-hour Brewers Live Pregame at noon CT Monday.