Brewers 7, Royals 3
Scooter Gennett is not yet on the Milwaukee Brewers big league
roster. He could be soon.
Gennett, a minor leaguer who has never played above Class A, hit
a two-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday to complete the cycle
as a Brewers split-squad defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-3. He
will likely start this season with Double-A Huntsville in the
Gennett, who has a .304 average with 18 home runs in his first
two pro seasons, homered off the Brewers’ bullpen wall in right
”I’ve never hit for the cycle,” Gennett said. ”This is the
He said he was not looking to go deep in his final at-bat.
”Because every time I try to hit a home run I end up rolling
over or striking out,” Gennett said. ”So I was just trying to put
a good at-bat together and try to hit the ball hard.”
Gennett tripled in the first inning and doubled in the second
off Felipe Paulino.
”It’s always good to get that triple out of the way, but I
didn’t have cycle on my mind, that’s for sure,” said Gennett, a
5-10, 166-pound left-handed hitter.
After striking out in the fourth, he singled in the sixth off
Jonathan Broxton before the home run. Gennett said it could have
been a better day.
”I could have gone 5 for 5 with the cycle,” he said while
signing autographs for a long line of fans, yelling
Paulino, who is bidding for a spot in the Royals’ rotation, gave
up five runs on six hits and three walks, committed a throwing
error on a pickoff throw to second base and let in one run with a
wild pitch. Paulino was pulled after 2 2-3 innings, his pitch count
up to 78, his ERA inflating to 7.71.
”Just very inconsistent, a lot of pitches up in the zone, a lot
of pitches out and over the middle of the plate, overthrowing his
breaking ball,” manager Ned Yost said. ”You know he’s struggling
when he has 78 pitches after 2 2-3 innings. So it wasn’t a very
good outing right there.”
Paulino, however, did not think it was that poor.
”They made me throw a lot of pitches early in the game, that’s
why it was a short game for me,” Paulino said. ”I throw my
pitches where they were supposed to be, right in the zone. All my
pitches were sharp. But I just missed my spot. It’s spring
training. Sometime we’re inconsistent, but the next one I try to
get better. I’m ready. My pitches was good. My stuff was good.
Minor leaguer Terry Evans homered for the Royals.
NOTES: Royals RF Jeff Francoeur was ejected in the fourth inning
by plate umpire John Tumpane for arguing a called third strike.
”It’s the first time I ever got thrown out without saying a cuss
word,” Francoeur said. ”All I said was `Whatever.”’ . Ned Yost
IV, who is a Brewers coach at Class A Brevard County in the Florida
State League, was Milwaukee’s first base coach for the split-squad
game. He is the son of the Royals manager. ”My wife said after the
game: `Very good job of coaching first base, not so good a job of
managing,”’ father Yost said. . Royals LHP Bruce Chen is scheduled
to throw in a minor league game Tuesday.