MESA, Ariz. -- Brewers lefty Randy Wolf says he typically doesn't pay attention to the stats or results in Spring Training. That is, unless it allows him to avoid the "kiss of death."
Wolf pitched well through his first three innings on Wednesday before hitting a few road bumps in the fourth against the Cubs, when he surrendered back-to-back doubles to start the frame, and ended up allowing two runs. It's OK though, he says, because he's gotten a couple out of the way.
"I don't wanna do that," Wolf said of a spotless spring, which went out the window on Wednesday (he had thrown 4 2/3 scoreless innings entering the game). "No. It's the kiss of death. You wanna get some runs out of the way. "
All kidding aside, Wolf said he felt sharp in his third outing of the spring, even when the Cubs hit him hard in the fourth.
"Even when the results are good, I don't always pay attention to the results," Wolf said. "Even the balls they hit were on the side of the plate I wanted. They were just a little bit up."
The southpaw struck out three in the first three innings, allowing just a single and a walk. But Starlin Castro, Ian Stewart and Jeff Baker led off the fourth with consecutive hits before Wolf got out of it.
"His pitches, really located them well," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "His speeds were great -- slow curveballs, threw some nice cutters, real nice. I'm seeing really good rhythm. I have in all of his outings so far, so it's very encouraging."