Good thing Thursday wasn’t Opening Day.
Junior Guerra, who will face the Colorado Rockies on April 3 at Miller Park, allowed 12 runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and two walks with one strikeout in 3º innings as the Milwaukee Brewers (14-12) suffered a 15-5 Cactus League loss to the host Oakland Athletics (14-10) in Mesa, Arizona.
The A's batted around in a five-run second, including two-run homers by Yonder Alonso and from prospect Max Schrock. Alonso and Trevor Plouffe smacked solo shots in the next inning.
Brewers catcher Manny Pina, 29, has played parts of 12 minor league seasons in a professional career he nearly cut short three years ago while in Class AA.
So it was a big deal when Pina and pitcher Jhan Marinez were quietly told Wednesday that they had made their first big league Opening Day roster. Both players are out of options.
Pina made two phone calls — one to his wife, Leny, who convinced him to stick it out when he wanted to quit. The other was to his mother, Minda, in Venezuela. “She started crying,” he said.
Catcher Andrew Susac, battling with Pina and Jett Bandy for a roster spot, was in Milwaukee for tests on his injured neck.
The Brewers said pitching prospect Devin Williams underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.