Harrison overpowers Brewers in win
Southpaw strikes out eight batters in four innings of work
RANGERS 6, BREWERS 4
at Surprise, Ariz.
Thursday, March 18
Rangers at the plate: Josh Hamilton hit his third home run of the spring and his second in two nights with a two-run shot in the first inning. Taylor Teagarden drove in a run with a triple in the fifth inning and scored on a single by Elvis Andrus, who was 2-for-2.Brewers at the plate: Gregg Zaun was 2-for-3 in a rare start as the Brewers designated hitter and is now hitting .458 in the Cactus League. Minor League catcher Jonathan Lucroy got a rare start at catcher and hit a home run for his first Cactus League hit. Rangers on the mound: Matt Harrison was brilliant in his four-inning outing against the Brewers. He started off the night by giving up an infield single, then retired nine straight hitters. At one point he struck out five in a row. The streak ended with a leadoff walk to Joe Inglett to start the eighth. Carlos Gomez then blooped a double to right. Harrison struck out one, but a grounder scored a run and a double by George Kotteras scored a second run. He still struck out eight in four innings. Brewers on the mound: Manny Parra, trying to win a job at the back end of the rotation, allowed five runs in five innings. He has a 4.50 ERA this spring. He gave up six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five. In a "B" game earlier in the day, David Bush allowed one run on three hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out five as the Brewers beat the Rangers, 6-3. Worth noting: Rangers center fielder Julio Borbon, charging hard on a single up the middle, threw out Carlos Gomez trying to go from first to third in the third inning. Cactus League records: Rangers 6-8; Brewers 10-7 Up next: Reliever Trevor Hoffman makes his first Cactus League appearance when the Brewers host the Angels at 3:05 p.m. CT on Friday in Maryvale. The Brewers have been taking it slow with Hoffman, Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader who has thrown just one live batting practice session. He is expected to follow Jeff Suppan to the mound.
Nelson Cruz is expected to be back in the lineup when the Rangers host the Indians at 3:05 p.m. CT on Friday at Surprise Stadium. Cruz was 3-for-3 with two home runs, three RBIs and three runs scored in his last start. As of Thursday, he led the Cactus League with 25 total bases, an .862 slugging percentage and 11 runs scored.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.