PHOENIX -- Shaun Marcum second spring start was much better than his first.
Marcum allowed two hits in three scoreless innings in the Milwaukee Brewers' 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday afternoon."I got away with a couple of pitches but for the most part everything felt good with location," Marcum said. "I did a pretty good job of locating."In his first outing on Monday, Marcum threw only fastballs and changeups and gave up two runs on four hits.
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Against the Angels he had an extra pitch at his disposal."I decided in the bullpen that I was going to work that cutter in," said Marcum, who estimated about a quarter of his 40-plus pitches were cut fastballs."When he misses he just misses, Brewers shortstop Craig Counsell said. "He really tempts the hitter. He's real good."Prince Fielder ended an 0 for 7 start to his spring with a two-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 Saturday afternoon.Fielder had been scheduled to take the day off, but asked Brewers manager Ron Roenicke to be the designated hitter to get extra at-bats.After grounding out against Joel Pineiro to end the first inning, Fielder hit a line drive just to the left of the center-field batters' eye off Kevin Jepsen.Piniero, also making his second start, was as sharp as Marcum, allowing two hits in three innings. Piniero hasn't allowed a run in five innings this spring."I had a good bullpen and was concentrating on keeping the sinker down," Piniero said. "I got a lot of balls on the ground. It was just a matter of commanding the zone."