PHOENIX (AP) Khris Davis and Luis Jimenez hit grand slams and the Milwaukee Brewers had another big offensive day in a 15-1 win over a Seattle Mariners split-squad on Thursday.
”It’s pretty contagious right now,” said Davis, whose 420-foot shot bounced off a walking path and completely out of Maryvale Baseball Park. ”You don’t want to waste them here but everyone looks like they’re pretty ready.”
Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy each had three of Milwaukee’s 22 hits and Matt Clark, Jean Segura and Logan Shafer had two each. The Brewers have outscored opponents 83-35 over the last 10 games, going 7-2-1 in that stretch.
”This run of double-digit runs and double-digit hits, I don’t care where you are doing it … it’s still an impressive stretch,” said Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, had an RBI double in the fourth. ”We’re putting together some really quality at-bats and there’s a lot of depth to our lineup. It’s encouraging, but you want to keep it in perspective.”
Mike Fiers, coming back from a minor shoulder issue made his start in two weeks and allow three hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Seattle starter Roenis Elias allowed eight hits and six earned runs in three-plus innings and didn’t retire a batter until Milwaukee led 4-0. Jesus Sucre brought home Willie Bloomquist with an RBI single in the third inning – one of four Mariners hits.
Jimenez ended the scoring with his slam in the eighth – his second home run in two games.
Mariners: Elias, who slipping out of the running for a rotation spot, allowed singles to Gennett and Lucroy and walked Ryan Braun, loading the bases to open the game. Davis cleared them on the first pitch he saw. ”He flipped me a get-me-over pitch and I didn’t miss it,” Davis said. ”I wasn’t going to give him one pitch in that AB.”
Brewers: Fiers looked sharp in his 3 2/3 innings before he ran out of pitches. ”It was a great day. I upped my pitch count to 68 and things felt good,” Fiers said. ”I like the curveball and change today, jammed a couple of guys, working in and out. I left a few pitches up but I was throwing strikes and trying to get back to where I was.”
Brewers: More than week after the Brewers washed away the last case of pink eye in their clubhouse, OF Shane Peterson came to work Thursday with two pink eyes. The Brewers are somewhat baffled as to how the annoying malady returned, and the anti-bacterial dispensers and reminders to wash your hands frequently have returned. ”We can’t figure out why it’s coming back,” Roenicke said. ”We’ve already (disinfected the clubhouse). We don’t know where it’s coming up from. And really, no one really knows how you get it. Is it the dirt? Where does it originate from? We know how contagious it is once you get it, but why is it coming up again?”
It was a doubly bad day for Peterson, who was also optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The Brewers trimmed their roster to 37 on Thursday, optioning Peterson and INF Luis Sardinas to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Sardinas hit .294 in the spring and had three hits and scored three times on Wednesday. He turns 22 in May and will be the regular shortstop for the Sky Sox.
Brewers: RHP Matt Garza will try to improve on his 5.40 ERA this spring when he pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.