PHOENIX -- The reporter was still 10 feet away from Jeff Bianchi's locker when the Brewers infielder cracked a smile. "Let me guess," he said. Yep, the topic was Bianchi's baserunning blooper at Scottsdale Stadium on Monday night. Bianchi was at second base in the top of the seventh inning when the Giants' left fielder botched a routine fly ball. Bianchi scored, but not before taking a pair of tumbles between third base and home. And wouldn't you know it? The game was televised nationally on MLB Network.
He got another mouthful of dirt in the bottom of the ninth, when Bianchi completed a game-ending rundown with a diving tag near first base. "I haven't played in a while, so it was nice to get out there getting dirty again," Bianchi said. He got some grief in the Brewers clubhouse on Tuesday morning from reliever Tim Dillard, who walked over to say hello and faked a stumble into Bianchi's arms. The team's morning meeting included a reference to Ryan Braun's similar stumble on an inside-the-park home run that wasn't, and manager Ron Roenicke was quick to credit Bianchi for managing to score the run. "It's all good and fun," Bianchi said. "Something to laugh about. I wouldn't mind seeing it, to be honest with you." Most of this camp has been serious business for the 25-year-old, who was claimed off waivers from the Cubs in January to help address Milwaukee's relatively thin middle infield ranks. Bianchi has played his entire career with the Royals, missing all of 2010 following Tommy John elbow surgery. The Cubs claimed him off waivers on Dec. 9 but later needed to free a spot on the 40-man roster, making Bianchi available to the rival Brewers. Milwaukee is somewhat short of shortstop prospects. "I try not to get too in-depth about who's here, who's there -- the political aspect of it," Bianchi said. "I'm excited to be here. I've got a jersey on and I've found out in the last few weeks that this is a great organization. I'm looking forward to be at the big league level here at some point."