Brewers break out bats against Tribe
Reserves Cain, Nelson, Gamel each tally three RBIs in win
BREWERS 17, INDIANS 7
at Goodyear, Ariz.
March 6, 2009
Brewers at the plate: Minor Leaguers Lorenzo Cain and Jonathan Lucroy made their first spring starts and sparked the Brewers, combining for four hits and five runs scored. Cain went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs, drawing a walk with the bases loaded in the fourth and cranking out a two-run single in the fifth. Brad Nelson and Mat Gamel also drove in three runs apiece, and Alcides Escobar and Mike Cameron drove in two runs each as part of an 18-hit afternoon.
Indians at the plate: Travis Hafner's spring debut was uneventful, as he struck out in the first and popped out in the third before calling it a day. David Dellucci, on the other hand, hit a solo shot in his first appearance of the spring. Second baseman Luis Valbuena and catcher Chris Gimenez also homered.Brewers on the mound: Right-hander Dave Bush's start was marred by a rough second inning in which he allowed three runs on four hits and hit a batter. Bush went three innings in all. Lindsay Gulin gave up a run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in two innings. Indians on the mound: Cliff Lee, whose first start of the spring was pushed back because of his career-high workload last year, was roughed up for two runs on three hits with a hit batter in his only inning of work. Jeremy Sowers' rough spring continued, as he gave up three runs -- one earned -- on two hits with two walks and a strikeout in one inning. Non-roster invitee Matt Herges got beat up for four runs on four hits in the fifth. Cactus League records: Brewers 4-3-1; Indians 3-5-1. Up next: The Brewers host their division rivals on Saturday at Maryvale Baseball Park, where Jeff Suppan will start against the Cubs and righty Carlos Zambrano. Red-hot Brewers right fielder Corey Hart should return to action after taking Friday off. Hart has a hit in all five of his Cactus League games while batting .615 (8-for-13) with a pair of home runs. Left-hander Tony Sipp was once one of the Indians' more promising relief prospects until he injured his elbow and had Tommy John surgery in '07. But he's made his way back and is trying to once again attract attention in big league camp. He's slated to appear in Saturday's 3:05 p.m. ET game against the Royals at Goodyear Ballpark after a strong outing in his spring debut earlier this week.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.