Gennett, Lind star in Brewers' early offensive burst

Second baseman drives in three; slugger launches solo shot in four-run inning

Gennett, Lind star in Brewers' early offensive burst

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett drove in three runs and Indians starter Carlos Carrasco labored in his final outing of the spring, leading to a 6-3 Cactus League victory for Milwaukee on Friday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.

Gennett led an early offensive attack for the Brewers, who scored six runs on seven hits within the first three innings against Cleveland. The second baseman drove in one run with a double in the second frame and added a two-run single in the third. Also in the third inning, first baseman Adam Lind launched a leadoff home run to ignite a four-run frame for Milwaukee.

"I was looking at the numbers for our regulars and all of them, really, have had good springs," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said on Friday morning. "I think that's encouraging. I know you don't always go by Spring Training, but it should give them confidence going into the regular season."

Like the Indians, the bulk of Milwaukee's batting order on Friday featured most of the projected Opening Day lineup.

Carrasco, who is scheduled to make his first regular-season start on Wednesday against the Astros, surrendered six runs (five earned) on six hits in only 2 1/3 innings. The Tribe's No. 2 starter struck out two and walked two, watching his pitch count climb close to 75 in the game. Following his abbreviated start, Carrasco added pitches in the bullpen to work up to around 90.

Carrasco cited a mechanical flaw for his struggles against Milwaukee.

"Today in the game, I kind of fell a little bit behind the hitters," Carrasco said. "I felt a little bit tired, but I'm ready. It was more probably my mechanics today. I was a little bit on the side instead of up, but I feel fine.

"I'm really happy [with my spring]. Whatever happened today, I'll just learn from that."

The lone unearned run against Carrasco came courtesy of a fielding error in the second by Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who had two miscues on the afternoon. Chisenhall did what he could to atone for the early gaffe, driving a pitch from Brewers No. 3 starter Wily Peralta to right field in the bottom of the second for a two-run triple. Shortstop Jose Ramirez followed with an RBI single for Cleveland.

Peralta worked 4 2/3 innings for Milwaukee, allowing three runs on five hits and ending with two strikeouts and one walk.

Up next: Right-hander Jimmy Nelson will take the hill when the Brewers wrap up Spring Training on Saturday against the Indians at Maryvale Baseball Park. Nelson worked all month on adding a curveball to his arsenal and on dialing back his usual maximum effort, but he had subpar results. He'll enter his final outing with a 6.23 ERA and a .304 opponents' batting average.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.