Chicago's Jason Hammel, making his final spring start, scattered six hits over five innings, striking out five.
"It was two-out hits, and that's the part that bugs me," Hammel said. "I'll give up hits, but I have to do a better job closing the door there."
Trailing 7-0 after four innings, the Brewers got going offensively and eventually outhit the Cubs, 16-13.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Multi-purpose: La Stella started at second base on Wednesday, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon also will insert him at third, depending on matchups. The Cubs aren't counting on La Stella for much power. He hit one home run in 93 games with the Braves last year, and has hit 21 over four Minor League seasons.
Homer happy: Lohse had sailed through Spring Training, allowing no more than one earned run in any of his first four Cactus League starts, but his final tuneup was forgettable: Four innings, eight hits, seven earned runs, three home runs. He did not allow more than two homers in any of his 31 regular-season starts last season.
Leadoff man:Dexter Fowler went 3-for-3, walked in his other at-bat, and scored four runs. That's exactly what the Cubs want a leadoff man to do -- set up the RBI guys. Fowler tripled to start the game, walked in the third, homered in the fourth, and singled in the fifth, and is batting .319.
Bench battle: The Brewers' roster decisions are down to two players -- outfielder Logan Schafer and non-roster utility man Elian Herrera -- for one spot on the bench. Both contributed against the Cubs, Schafer logging three hits and three RBIs, and Herrera hitting a pinch-hit double. Schafer boosted his Cactus League batting average to .300, while Herrera is hitting .378.
"It's not a bad thing to have a little bit of a wake-up call. You don't want it to be the last one, but I've been around long enough that it's not going to freak me out. It's not that you don't care. You care. But spring is the time to do it." -- Lohse, on ending Spring Training with a dud.
"We posted this extremely painful workout for everybody, sans batting practice. They look at all this stuff to do and see all this defensive work, all this baserunning, all this different stuff to do and no BP. Then, [first-base coach Brandon Hyde] went in there and broke the news to them that it was April Fools' [Day]." -- Maddon on the joke played on the players Wednesday.
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Spring break: Wednesday's crowd of 13,375 boosted the Cubs' home attendance to 222,415, an all-time Spring Training single-season record. The Cubs topped the old mark, which they set last year, their first at Sloan Park, when they drew 213,815 fans.
WHAT'S NEXT Brewers:Matt Garza, who spent the spring adjusting his mechanics in an effort to avoid injury, will make his final tuneup on Thursday against the Padres at Peoria Sports Complex. Because it is San Diego's final game in Arizona, it will begin one hour earlier than usual, at 2:05 p.m. CT, and will air via brewers.com webcast with Joe Block and Jeff Levering on the call.