04/04/12 6:39 PM ET
Bloomquist's big day backs solid Saunders
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
Bloomquist crushed a two-run homer and went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs on Wednesday as the D-backs used a seven-run fifth to cruise to a 14-3 victory over the Brewers in the final Spring Training game for the two clubs.
"I'm not worried about the stats part of it," Bloomquist said. "I just want to feel good up there and feel like myself in the box. Whether I'm getting results or not in Spring Training, I could care less."
Both the Brewers and D-backs will open their seasons at home on Friday.
Milwaukee starter Shaun Marcum struggled, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings, and Manny Parra didn't fare any better, following Marcum by allowing five runs without recording an out. Parra gave up three singles and two walks, and five of the six D-backs he faced came around to score.
For Arizona, it was the back-end of their regular season rotation that pitched Wednesday. Joe Saunders got the call to start the game, and allowed three runs in five innings. Trevor Cahill followed him by firing three scoreless frames.
Arizona got on the board first thanks to Bloomquist's homer, which was part of a three-run third inning.
The Brewers responded right away in the top of the fourth when Ryan Braun crushed a one-out double off the center-field wall. That sparked a string of three consecutive hits, the last of which was a two-run game-tying homer by Corey Hart.
But Bloomquist, who pushed his spring average above the Mendoza line to .206, ignited the D-backs' fifth-inning surge with a single and a pair of stolen bases. A few batters later, Arizona had put the game out of reach.
AJ Cassavell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.