Graveman dominates in scoreless start against Brewers

Righty tosses 6 1/3 shutout innings, allowing three hits

Graveman dominates in scoreless start against Brewers

MESA, Ariz. -- A's right-hander Kendall Graveman continued to dominate Cactus League opposition Sunday, stringing together 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Brewers in a 7-0 victory for Oakland at Hohokam Stadium.

Graveman, in line to start the A's fourth game of the regular season, faced just two over the minimum in his time on the mound. He allowed only three hits, the first of which didn't come until the fifth, when Gerardo Parra notched a two-out single. Logan Schafer was responsible for the second, a bunt single, but was promptly picked off first base by A's catcher Josh Phegley.

Brewers starter Michael Blazek, in competition for a long-relief role, allowed three runs on four hits, including a two-run homer off the bat of Brett Lawrie, in 3 2/3 innings. He also walked four and struck out just as many.

"I just didn't really feel like I had my best stuff today," said Blazek, who entered the game with a 3.29 ERA. "I didn't really have the breaking ball like I had the last few outings. I was kind of battling trying to get command of that. It was kind of an off-mechanics day, really is what it felt like. I was kind of fighting it."

For Lawrie, who knocked one out to left field in the third inning, it was the second homer of the spring. Ben Zobrist also had an RBI single in the three-run frame.

The A's came back for more in the sixth, getting back-to-back RBI hits from Phegley and outfielder Sam Fuld.

Up next: Lefty Drew Pomeranz, coming off a spotty 2 2/3-inning performance hindered by hip issues, makes his final start in the desert Monday against his former Rockies team. Pomeranz is vying for the final spot in the A's rotation. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT at Hohokam Stadium.

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