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Davies induces third three-out grounder since '16; Hader, Hoover continue strong springs
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PHOENIX -- It was the fielders' version of a hitter calling his shot.

As the Rockies' Daniel Castro stepped into the batter's box on Saturday during the Brewers' 4-3 win with runners at first and second and no outs and Milwaukee starter Zach Davies working his second inning at Maryvale Baseball Park, third baseman Hernan Perez turned to shortstop Orlando Arcia and said, "Arcia! Triple play right here."

PHOENIX -- It was the fielders' version of a hitter calling his shot.

As the Rockies' Daniel Castro stepped into the batter's box on Saturday during the Brewers' 4-3 win with runners at first and second and no outs and Milwaukee starter Zach Davies working his second inning at Maryvale Baseball Park, third baseman Hernan Perez turned to shortstop Orlando Arcia and said, "Arcia! Triple play right here."

Arcia smiled and said, "Let's do it."

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They did it. Davies buried a sinker to Castro, who grounded it right to Perez, who was right next to third base. It was easy from there, third to second to first for an inning-ending triple play. It was only Spring Training, but you wouldn't know it by the way the Brewers celebrated on the way to the dugout.

"I knew Zach had a good sinker and the guy was a pull hitter," Perez said. "[Arcia] was in shock."

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Said Arcia: "It's true."

"We always talk about what play is going to happen before every pitch," Perez said. "Sometimes it happens, sometimes not."

For Davies, it seems to happen a lot. Remarkably, this was the third triple play he's induced since 2016, when the Brewers turned two behind him in the same season. Pretty amazing, considering the Society for American Baseball Research has logged just 715 triple plays in the regular season since 1876.

Now the Brewers have been part of two triple plays in the past week. Travis Shaw hit into one six days earlier against the Indians.

Video: COL@MIL: Davies on turning triple play vs. Rockies

Davies credited the catcher, Jett Bandy.

"Bandy called first-pitch fastball that caught a little bit of the plate, and he went right back to it. I knew he had an idea of what he wanted to happen," Davies said. "I thought right along with him and thought, 'All right, I'm going to get it a little farther in there,' and [Castro] hit a perfect, hard ground ball right to where the third baseman was playing. It went 1-2-3. It was pretty fun to watch.

"I was walking back to the dugout, smiling, looking at [pitching coach Derek Johnson and manager Craig Counsell] and held up my three fingers. I was laughing because that was the third time I've been out there for it."

Video: Brewers turn pair of triple plays in 2016

Davies had never induced a triple play at any level before 2016.

"For some reason, I guess that's my deal," he joked.

Cain banged up
Lorenzo Cain boosted his Cactus League batting average to an even .500 with two more hits Saturday, but he left the game with just as many bruises. Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela hit Cain in the spine with a low pickoff throw in the first inning, then drilled Cain on the left triceps with an inside pitch in the second.

Cain stared at the mound on his way to first base. He heard later that Senzatela is the pitcher who struck Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton in the face last season.

"I'm good," Cain said. "The first one hit me right in the spine. It hurt. I could have caught some muscle, that would have been nice. But no. You don't want to see guys get hit. We're all just trying to get ready for the season."

Cain has a scheduled off-day on Sunday.

Last call
• Shaw and Christian Yelich had the day off Saturday, so they took part in morning baserunning drills in full uniform. They didn't want to miss a chance to wear the Brewers' specially-made green jerseys and socks for St. Patrick's Day. The game-worn jerseys will be sold for charity.

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Josh Hader reappeared in a Cactus League game with another sharp outing, striking out four in 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his fifth scoreless outing this spring. He hadn't pitched an "A" game in seven days, but that was by design. Hader logged his previous pitches in a Minor League game.

• Another reliever, J.J. Hoover, also stayed perfect, striking out a batter in a hitless inning. He has scattered three hits in seven scoreless outings this spring in a bid to make the Opening Day bullpen as a non-roster invitee.

Up next
Chase Anderson will make another tune-up for his Opening Day assignment when he starts against a Dodgers split squad on Sunday at Maryvale Baseball Park. It is Anderson's next-to-last scheduled Spring Training start before he gets the ball for real on March 29 in San Diego. First pitch is at 3:05 p.m. CT, and the game can be watched live on MLB.TV and heard live on Gameday Audio

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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