Matt Cain pitched two solid innings and Aubrey Huff hit his first spring training home run. But two fielding gaffes led to five runs as the Brewers beat the Giants in a rare early-spring night game at Scottsdale Stadium.
Cain gave up two walks and a walk in two scoreless innings. Huff lined a home run to right in the fourth and walked in two at-bats as the Giants built a 3-0 lead through five innings.
But then the Brewers scored five unearned runs in the sixth and seven innings.
Jeremy Affeldt should have had a 1-2-3 sixth. Instead, he gave up three unearned runs. It started on a chopper to third by Chris Gomez that Pablo Sandoval completely whiffed. Affeldt should have bailed himself out by picking off Gomez, but Gomez beat Huff’s throw to second.
Affeldt then got two groundballs that should have got him out of the inning. Instead, it plated the first run. Affeldt, now working overtime, had a long at-bat by George Kottaras that ended in a walk, and Zelous Wheeler then belted a two-run homer off the winded Affeldt.
Sergio Romo struck out the side in the seventh, but the Brewers got two more runs. The Brewers put two runners on a rare walk by Romo and a bloop single. But the inning should have ended on Travis Ishikawa’s fly ball to left, but Justin Christian just plain dropped the ball, and two runs scored.
Brett Pill continued a hot early spring with a double in three at-bats.
Also worth noting was the 0-for-3 by Brandon Belt, which included an opposite-field fly ball to the warning track, a smoked liner to second and deep fly out to left center that the Brewers Logan Shaefer did a nice job tracking down. Belt is swinging the bat very well this spring.
Barry Zito makes his first spring start as the Giants take on the Dodgers in Glendale at noon PST. The game will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by the MLB Network at 7 p.m.