Brewers 10, Indians 2
Jim Edmonds' comeback took another positive step Tuesday as the 39-year-old drove in five runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Edmonds hit a three-run homer off Jeremy Sowers in a four-run first inning and a two-run single off Jensen Lewis in a five-run second.
Edmonds, a 16-year veteran outfielder with 382 career homers and eight Gold Gloves, is on a minor league contract after sitting out last season.
``A guy who hasn't played for a year needs at-bats and I'm trying to get him some,'' Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said.
``He went the other way off that lefty for the double,'' Macha said. ``That was good to see because he's been pulling (the ball) too much.''
Macha said Edmonds is still a good outfielder. The Brewers also have veteran outfielders Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Jody Gerut along with Carlos Gomez, acquired in an offseason trade from Minnesota - further limiting possible at-bats if Edmonds does make the team.
Right-hander Dave Bush became the first Brewers pitcher to work six innings this spring.
``Bushy had a very good outing,'' Macha said, noting that 10 of his 18 outs were on grounders. ``He pitched very well with men on base and there were a lot of them.''
Bush allowed one run, five hits and walked three.
Sowers gave up six earned runs, five hits and two walks in one-plus inning. He has been hit hard in two outings after being sidelined early with a strained shoulder.
``It doesn't look like he'll be stretched out enough to be a starter,'' Indians manager Manny Acta said. ``We're going to have to make a decision whether to keep him as a bullpen option.''
Sowers is out of options. Cleveland would have to request waivers on the lefty, a first-round draft pick in 2004, in order to send him to the minors.
Carlos Carrasco pitched five scoreless innings of relief, striking out four, for Cleveland.
``The guys who threw strikes got people out and the guys who didn't gave up runs,'' Acta said. ``Carlos is throwing strikes down in the zone. He's a big part of our future.''
Carrasco was one of four players acquired from Philadelphia for 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee in July. Called up in September, the 23-year-old went 0-4 with an 8.87 ERA. He's got a 2.25 ERA in three outings this spring.
``He was leaving everything up in September,'' Acta said. ``He's throwing pitches at the knees now. He's got a good fastball and when he gets ahead in the count can use his changeup and breaking ball.''
Notes: After the game, Milwaukee optioned RHP John Axford to Triple-A Nashville. ``He's got an explosive fastball and snapdragon curve, but needs experience,'' Macha said. ... The Brewers also sent RHP Tim Dillard to the minors and told LHP Scott Schoeneweis he was free to pursue other opportunities. ... The Indians sent eight players to the minors, including RHP Jess Todd, acquired last summer in the deal that sent veteran INF-OF Mark DeRosa to St. Louis. ... Veteran INF Mark Grudzielanek went 2 for 3 for Cleveland, but let a grounder go through his legs for an error at third that led to an unearned run. ... C George Kottaras was 3 for 4 with a homer, his third, for Milwaukee.