Jonathan Lucroy smashed his third Cactus League home run as the Brewers rolled over the Reds 8-6 on Friday.
The Brewers jumped on Raisel Iglesias early in this one, with Scooter Gennett leading the game off with a solo homer, and Lucroy adding a two-run bomb just two hitters later. He has been on fire at the plate this spring, hitting .423 (11-for-26) with three homers and eight RBI.
Matt Garza struggled but still picked up a victory over the Reds on Friday despite allowing five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.
On the plus side, the veteran right-hander did rack up six strikeouts while issuing only one free pass. He has had a rough go of it this spring, posting a 6.16 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over his 19 innings. He'll have at least one more chance to right the ship before the regular season begins.
Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI as the Reds dropped a Cactus League decision to the Brewers on Friday.
Phillips got the Reds on the board with a two-run double off Matt Garza in the first inning then repeated the same feat again in the fifth. The 33-year-old has been off to a slow start this spring, hitting .233 (10-for-43) with no homers and six RBI.
Raisel Iglesias was hit hard in Friday's Cactus League loss to the Brewers, giving up six runs (three earned) on five hits over his four frames.
Iglesias punched out four on the evening while walking two. The Brewers jumped on him for three runs right out of the gate, with Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy each blasting homers in the first inning. Even with the rough outing, Iglesias still owns a respectable 3.68 ERA on the spring with a 14/5 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. While he carries a good deal of risk, he's an interesting high-upside gamble in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Andrew Susac belted his first Cactus League home run as the Giants topped the Dodgers 8-4 on Friday.
His solo blast off Yimi Garcia in the sixth inning increased the Giants advantage to 5-3. Susac also drew a walk in the contest, finishing 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. He has been scuffling at the dish this spring, hitting just .222 (4-for-18) with one homer and one RBI.
Chris Heston delivered a strong start in Friday's Cactus League victory over the Dodgers, allowing two runs on four hits over six frames.
Heston didn't issue a walk or strike out a batter on the night. With the dearth of rotation options that the Giants already have, the 26-year-old hurler has no chance of cracking the Opening Day roster. He'll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A to begin the season and could be called upon to make a spot start at some point during the season.
Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI as the Dodgers fell to the Giants in Cactus League play on Friday.
His first inning double off Chris Heston plated the Dodgers first two runs of the evening. The reigning National League RBI Champion is off to a slow start this spring, hitting .244 (11-for-45) with two homers and nine RBI. He should once again be a solid source of run production in the middle of the Dodgers lineup.
Zack Greinke struggled in Friday's Cactus League outing against the Giants, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.
Greinke also issued a pair of walks while punching out three. The important thing to note is that Greinke felt good after the outing, even though his command wasn't where he wanted. The 31-year-old now boasts a 3.55 ERA and 11/6 K/BB ratio 12 2/3 innings on the spring.