Parra on point in Brewers' victory
Left-hander tosses two scoreless innings in spring debut
BREWERS 8, A'S 5
at Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Feb. 27, 2009
Brewers at the plate: Scott Thorman broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double off A's prospect James Simmons to jump-start a three-run frame that included an RBI single by Alcides Escobar and an RBI double by Cutter Dykstra. Jason Kendall gave the Brewers their first runner in scoring position with a sixth-inning double off Russ Springer, and Corey Hart cashed in the RBI with a two-out single to right. Craig Counsell doubled and singled, and Logan Schafer and Vinny Rottino had an RBI singles off Kevin Cameron in the eighth. Angel Salome hit a two-run homer in the ninth.
A's at the plate: Jason Giambi got his first hit of the spring -- a line drive into left-center field -- in his first at-bat of the game. Rajai Davis opened the bottom of the sixth with a triple off R.J. Swindle, and he scored on a fielder's-choice grounder by Matt Holliday. Davis added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Aaron Cunningham and Tagg Bozied opened the eighth with consecutive doubles off Chase Wright, cutting Milwaukee's lead to 6-3.
Brewers on the mound: Lefty Manny Parra looked good in his Cactus League debut, cruising through two shutout innings of one-hit work with one strikeout. Righty Mark DiFelice followed with two shutout innings of his own, allowing one hit and hitting a batter.
A's on the mound: Lefty Dana Eveland was perfect in his spring debut, getting three quick groundouts in the first inning and a groundout, a strikeout and a popout in the second. Co-closer Brad Ziegler was perfect in his one inning of work, too, and non-roster invitee Jerome Williams, a candidate for the No. 5 spot in Oakland's rotation, threw two shutout innings, allowing one hit.
Cactus League records: Brewers 1-1-1; A's 0-2-1.
Up next: The Brewers on Saturday will get their first Cactus League look at righty Braden Looper when he starts in Maryvale at 2:05 p.m. CT against the visiting Angels, who will counter with non-roster invitee Shane Loux. Closer Trevor Hoffman also is scheduled to pitch for Milwaukee, who might play left fielder Ryan Braun the whole game. Braun leaves Sunday for Florida, where Team USA will hold its training camp for next month's World Baseball Classic.
The A's will be at home again Saturday, taking on the Indians. Lefty Dallas Braden will make his first start of the spring for Oakland, and 21-year-old righty Trevor Cahill, ranked by Baseball America as the organization's No. 2 prospect, also is scheduled to pitch. Jason Giambi likely will get the day off, but Eric Chavez is expected to serve as the designated hitter. The Indians, who moved their spring camp from Florida to Arizona this year, plan to start Carl Pavano, who is trying to revive his injury riddled career with the Tribe.
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.