Brantley leads Indians over Brewers, 10-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014
Advertisement
;

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — 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.

STARTING TIME

Brewers: Gallardo will be the opening day starter when Milwaukee hosts Atlanta. It will be the 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."

Indians: Masterson pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three singles and two walks. He struck out five.

"We're as ready as you can be," Masterson said. "You never know until you get there but we're having fun. I hope we can carry it over into game one. I'm always working on stuff. I may have used pitch sequences differently. I like to keep a few things in my back pocket."