MARYVALE, AZ (92.3 The Fan) – Brett Myers may be locked into the number three starter spot for the Indians, but right now he still looks like he’s got plenty of work to do.
Going back and forth between a starter, relief pitcher, and now back to a starter, Myers was hit around a bit Friday by the Brewers, allowing four runs in four innings in an Indians 4-3 loss to Milwaukee in Maryvale.
Myers allowed seven hits, four runs and three walks in four innings of work, throwing 77 pitches, 41 of which were strikes.
It could have been worse, but Brewers Norichika Aoki was thrown out at third trying to stretch a double in the bottom of the third with the game tied at one.
“Like I said in his last outing up until he couldn’t get the last out, I thought was stellar,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
“I don’t put any concerns on numbers or anything, I think he is going to be a good pitcher for us.”
The Tribe got two in the first off Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson, with Nick Swisher getting a RBI single on a nice hit the other way to right field to make it 1-0.
They pushed the lead to 2-0 when Mark Reynolds grounded out to short, allowi ng Michael Brantley to score.
Milwaukee started back against Myers in the second, with a long triple from SS Jean Segura scored Logan Schafer to made it a 2-1 game.
The game was knotted at two after Blake Lalli executed a perfect sac bunt to Myers, who had only one play, that being to first, allowing Segura to score to make it 2-2.
The Brewers made it 4-2 with two more runs off Myers in the fourth, his final inning of the game.
Aramis Ramirez singled and was pinch run for by Bobby Crosby. Alex Gonzalez doubled to left to put Crosby at third, and he scored on a ground out by Segura to make it 3-2.
Lalli made it 4-2 on a line drive single to center that scored Gonzalez.
The Tribe closed it to 4-3 in the ninth when Reynolds hit a towering homer to start the inning off that hit a brick wall past the fence in left.
Jerry Gil, Joe Smith, and Scott Barnes all pitched scoreless innings for the Tribe after Myers left the game after four innings of work.
Swisher on an offensive side continues to kill the ball, going 2-for-3 and is now hitting .455. Yan Gomes was 2-for-2 with a double, and is hitting .285.
Gomes left with tightness in his hamstring after the double in the fourth, and it cost the Tribe a run as pinch-runner Brian Jeroloman came home on a Juan Diaz single, but missed third on the appeal, ending the inning with the Indians not scoring a run.
The second straight Indians loss puts them at 12-8-1 on the spring, while the Brew crew pushes their 2013 spring mark to 8-10.
Saturday night in Goodyear, the Indians will play host to the World Champion SF Giants with a start time of 10:05pm EST.