PHOENIX — Ryan Braun ignored loud boos in his home spring debut, producing a single and a walk as a Milwaukee Brewers split squad beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Saturday. Also on Saturday, the other Brewers split squad endured a rain-shortened, 2-1 setback at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale.
Against the Dodgers, Braun’s first at-bat at Maryvale Baseball Park was met with a vocal and extended chorus of boos, especially from the third-base side loaded with a large contingent of Dodgers fans.
"He’s dealt with (the boos) before. It’s not new," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "Today was nothing new."
Braun walked and scored on a single by Carlos Gomez. In the third, Brewers fans on the first-base side tried to drown out the boos with a louder round of cheers before his infield single.
The former NL MVP was suspended for the final 65 games of the season last year for his role in the Biogenesis drug scandal. Braun homered Thursday in his first at-bat of exhibition play at Oakland’s park.
Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse threw two perfect innings.
"He locates all his pitches so well and he’s usually down in the zone," Roenicke said. "He understands when you need to go after someone and when you should try to make them chase."
Los Angeles starter Dan Haren allowed a run in two innings.
Also on Saturday, in Scottsdale, Mark Trumbo homered in his return to the lineup and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Brewers 2-1 in a split-squad game shortened to four innings because of rain.