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Brewers hit three homers in loss

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Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 9, 2012
— The Milwaukee Brewers pounded out three home runs—including the first of the spring by Ryan Braun—but it wasn’t enough as the Cincinnati Reds left Maryvale with an 8-6 victory on Thursday afternoon.

Mat Gamel was the first Brewer to launch a long ball, smashing a solo shot to right field to open the second inning.


Braun, who was 0-for-5 on the spring after flying out to center in his first at-bat, pounded a two-run shot off the batter’s eye in center in the third before exiting the game.


“He doesn’t like to go one game without a hit,” quipped manager Ron Roenicke when asked about Braun finally ending his mini-slump to open the spring.


Caleb Gindl provided the final long ball, hitting a three-run shot to right-center in the sixth.


“He can swing it,” Roenicke said.


Gamel and Gindl each collected two hits.


Aside from that, the highlight for the Brewers had to be the performance of pitcher Zack Greinke.


Starting on short rest, the right-hander struck out the first four batters he faced. He wound up surrendering three hits and two runs—one earned—in two innings, but his defense didn’t do him many favors with a pair of errors on one play in the second.


“The umpire came over—Bob Davidson—and said, ‘Zack’s ready,’ meaning that his pitches were really good,” Roenicke said. “His fastball, located it great. Made the one mistake up a little bit, but he threw the ball really well.”


Projected seventh-inning specialist Jose Veras pitched an inning in relief of Greinke, and allowed one hit and struck out one. He faced four batters overall.


“Veras’ curveball was outstanding,” Roenicke said. “He may call it a slider, but it’s a slurvy-type curveball.”


Reliever Frankie De La Cruz, who took the loss and also was charged with a blown save. In


1 1/3 innings, he gave up four hits, four earned runs and a home run.


The Brewers host the Cleveland Indians today.


CINCINNATI 8, BREWERS 6

Cincinnati Milwaukee


ab r h bi ab r h bi


Valaika 2b 3 0 1 0 R.Weeks 2b 1 1 1 0


H.Rdrgz pr-2b 2 1 0 0 T.Green 2b-3b 3 0 1 0


Janish ss 3 1 1 1 Morgan cf 3 0 0 0


D.Grgris ph-ss 2 1 2 0 J.Bianchi 2b 2 0 0 0


Heisey lf 3 1 1 1 Braun lf 2 1 1 2


D.Jones ph-lf 2 0 2 1 Aoki rf 2 0 0 0


J.Francisco dh 5 1 1 2 Ar.Ramrz 3b 2 0 0 0


Cairo 1b 2 0 1 0 C.Izturis ss 2 1 1 0


N.Soto ph-1b 3 0 0 0 Gamel 1b 3 2 2 1


D.Phipps cf 2 1 2 0 Maldonado c 1 0 0 0


R.LaMarre cf 2 0 0 0 Ale.Gnzlz ss 2 0 1 0


Frazier rf 3 1 1 1 C.Gindl lf 2 1 2 3


D.Lutz rf 1 0 0 0 Lucroy c 3 0 1 0


Hanigan c 2 0 1 0 BKjldgrd pr1b 1 0 0 0


D.Navarro c 2 0 0 0 Conrad dh 3 0 1 0


Esposito c 0 0 0 0 C.Gomez rf 2 0 0 0


K.Negron 3b 1 0 0 0 L.Schafer cf 2 0 0 0


Costanzo ph-3b 2 1 1 1


Totals 40 8 14 7 Totals 36 6 11 6


Cincinnati 020 041 001 — 8


Milwaukee 012 003 000 — 6


E—R.Weeks (1), Lucroy (2). DP—Cincinnati 1. LOB—Cincinnati 7, Milwaukee 5. 2B—Janish (1), Frazier (2), R.Weeks (2), T.Green (1). 3B—D.Gregorius (1), Heisey (1). HR—J.Francisco (1), Costanzo (1), Braun (1), Gamel (1), C.Gindl (1). SB—H.Rodriguez (1), L.Schafer (1). CS—Ale.Gonzalez (1), C.Gindl (1).


Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO


Leake 2 3 1 1 0 0


Marshall BS,1-1 1 1 2 2 1 0


Fisher W,1-0 2 1 0 0 0 0


Jor.Smith 1 4 3 3 1 0


Gallagher S,2-2 3 2 0 0 0 1


Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO


Greinke 2 3 2 1 0 4


Veras 1 1 0 0 0 1


De La Cruz L,1-1 1-1/3 4 4 4 0 0


Dillard 1-2/3 4 1 1 0 0


McClendon 2 0 0 0 0 2


Garate 1 2 1 1 0 1


HBP—by De La Cruz (D.Phipps, K.Negron). WP—De La Cruz 2.


Attendance—4,190.



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