PHOENIX -- Shaun Marcum cruised through three innings in his second Cactus League start for the Brewers and showed his teammates what all the fuss was about.
"You hear it, but today you really saw why he's so good," said veteran infielder Craig Counsell. "When he misses, he just misses. He really tempts the hitters."
Marcum, acquired in a December trade with the Blue Jays, allowed two harmless singles and struck out three batters in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Angels -- a marked improvement from his debut on Monday against the Giants, when he worked a perfect first inning but surrendered four hits and two runs in the second.
The right-hander surrendered one-out singles to Peter Bourjos in the first inning and Efren Navarro in the third. He got help in retiring Bourjos to end the third inning when left fielder Ryan Braun made a nice running catch near the warning track.
"I mixed in the cutter today and located those pretty well for the most part," Marcum said. "It was just another step forward in getting ready for the season."
Marcum figures he threw 10 or 11 cutters, and that was a bit of a surprise. He usually sticks to a fastball/changeup combination for his first two or three spring starts, but audibled after seeing an Angels lineup stocked with left-handed hitters. That got the competitive juices flowing.
"You want to get your work in, but you also want to get your three innings in and your 45 pitches, and put up zeroes as well," Marcum said.