Backed by home runs from Nelson Cruz, Enrique Cruz and Lyle
Overbay, the Brewers beat the Mariners 14-8 on Monday as
left-hander Doug Davis made his spring debut that was delayed by a
series of back spasms.
Milwaukee, which is off to a 5-0 spring start for the second
year in a row, defeated the Mariners for the second time this
spring. They also won 8-1 in Maryvale.
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer off starter Bobby Madritsch in
the first inning and added a third RBI with a fielder's choice in
the fifth. Enriguez Cruz had a grand slam off Matt Thornton in the
seventh and Overbay homered to lead off the fifth off loser Jon
The Brewers had 19 hits off five Seattle pitchers, with Overbay
going 3-for-3 with his homer and a pair of singles.
Davis, a 12-game winner as the Brewers' No. 2 starter behind Ben
Sheets last season, gave up three runs on four hits in the first
inning before retiring the Mariners in order in the second. He made
"My arm felt good," Davis said. "It was just a lack of
location. I was wild within the strike zone and made some bad
pitches, especially 0-2, 1-2."
Davis, 29, has had to endure back spasms his whole pitching
career. He said he was at fault this winter for not doing enough
"I'm just one of those guys who have to do a lot to keep my
back healthy," he said. "I came here and spasmed out, but it's
all better now. I'm ready to go."
Despite going 18-12 in spring training last season, when they
won 10 of their first 11 games, the Brewers were 67-94 and finished
last in the NL Central. So they're not taking their fast start for
"It's not how you start, it's how you end," Davis said.
Matt Wise, the second of six Milwaukee pitchers, got the win
with two innings of one-run relief.
After the game, Hargrove held a brief meeting in his dugout. His
team has been outscored 36-17 this spring.
"One of the big things for me is a team that plays with mental
toughness," Hargrove said when asked about the purpose of the
meeting. "I think if you're mentally tough and exhibit that day in
and day out, then you give yourself a chance to win. I felt like we
did that today."
Hargrove scratched Shin-Soo Choo and inserted Scott Spiezio
in RF before the game started because Choo has a sore arm. Choo
played in Seattle's "B" game against San Diego on Monday morning.