Gallardo struggles in final start before Opening Day
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis drove in two runs apiece to send the Cleveland Indians to their 18th win of the spring, 10-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
Brantley tripled, singled and walked to increase his spring average to .522.
"He is such a good hitter," manager Terry Francona said. "Regardless of what he does opening day. I can see him getting better as he learns the league."
Kipnis doubled and singled. Lonnie Chisenhall hit his third home run off Brewers starter Yovanni Gallardo. Nick Swisher went deep against Francisco Rodriguez.
The Brewers managed three singles against Justin Masterson, who had his final spring start before opening the season on the mound in Oakland.
"I don’t know what the numbers are but Masty came in prepared to haul a lot of innings," Francona said.
Carlos Gomez singled and robbed catcher Luke Carlin of an extra-base hit, making a leaping catch against the centerfield wall.
Brewer’s minor leaguer Mitch Haniger hit his second home run off Vinnie Pestano.
Gallardo will be the opening day starter when Milwaukee hosts Atlanta. It will be Gallardo’s fifth opening day start. This final tuneup was Gallardo’s sixth start of the spring. He came into the game with a 2.45 ERA in 18 1/3 innings.
Gallardo pitched two innings and three batters into the third. He allowed four runs on six hits and four walks against the Indians.
"I felt good in the bullpen," Gallardo said. "You never want that to happen but if it’s going to happen, it’s better that it happens in spring training. I honestly felt it was the best the ball was coming out of my hand this spring. I guess I tried to do too much."
Shortstop Jean Segura has a sore shoulder. He took some at bats in a minor league game. He hasn’t played since March 18.