Brewers Get Outslugged By Indians, Lose 9-7

W: Jensen Lewis (1-0)
L: John Axford (0-1)
S: Vinnie Pestano (1)

HR: Eric Farris (1), Mike Rivera (2), Carlos Santana (1), Chad Huffman (2), Matt LaPorta (2)

At least no one got hurt today.

After giving up just one run in his first three outings, Chris Narveson gave up a two run homer to catcher Carlos Santana in the first inning, and another to outfielder Chad Huffman in the fourth. All told, he allowed four runs on six hits in 4.2 innings, walking none and striking out two.

In Narveson's defense, though, things got worse after he left. Kameron Loe allowed two runs on three hits in his 1.1 innings, and John Axford left the game without retiring a batter, allowing three hits and two walks to the five Indians he faced. Three of those runners scored to give the Indians a lead they never relinquished.

At the plate, for six innings today the Brewers were quiet, but they exploded for six two-out runs in the seventh behind a pair of three run home runs from Eric Farris and Mike Rivera. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough.

Other notes from the day:

  • Mat Gamel made his long awaited spring debut today, and went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk as the DH.
  • Eric Farris' home run might be one of the more unlikely you'll see this spring. He has just 14 home runs in 1579 professional plate appearances, and hit just three in 2010.
  • Former Brewer minor leaguers Michael Brantley and Matt LaPorta both played for the Indians today. Brantley had three hits, and LaPorta hit a home run off Kameron Loe.
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