Fielder, Hart power Crew past Tribe
First baseman hits go-ahead single, outfielder adds homer
BREWERS 7, INDIANS 5
at Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix
Thursday, March 19
Indians at the plate: Grady Sizemore reached safely four times and scored a pair of runs for the Indians, who lost to the Brewers for the second time this spring. David Dellucci hit a two-run home run in the third inning as Cleveland jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 4-3 before Milwaukee staged its comeback.
Brewers at the plate: Prince Fielder hit a go-ahead single, and Corey Hart stayed hot with a two-run home run in Milwaukee's four-run fifth inning. J.J. Hardy also drove in a run during the rally and finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Rickie Weeks and Hart also scored two runs apiece, and Hart continued to crush Cactus League pitching, boosting his average to .450 with five home runs. Left fielder Chris Duffy left the game after two innings because of nausea.Indians on the mound: Starter Aaron Laffey did not allow a hit in his first three innings of work, then surrendered three runs and three hits in the fourth. Former Brewer Zach Jackson, part of last summer's CC Sabathia trade, retired the first batter he faced in the fifth inning but then allowed four consecutive hits and four runs before recording his next out, but then retired the next 10 hitters in order. Brewers on the mound: Manny Parra started and worked with runners on base throughout his four-inning outing. He was charged with three runs on five hits and a pair of walks but helped limit the damage with three strikeouts. David Riske allowed a run on two hits and a costly leadoff walk to Sizemore, who moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Riske has surrendered at least one run in all four of his Cactus League outings since returning from offseason elbow surgery. Cactus League records: Indians 7-12-1; Brewers 10-8-2 Up next: The Brewers will travel to Peoria for a matchup against the Mariners, with right-hander Seth McClung scheduled to start. The Brewers continue to stretch out McClung as a starter while Braden Looper works back from a ribcage injury, but at some point McClung may be moved to the bullpen. McClung is slated for five innings or 75 pitches.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.