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Gallardo hit hard; Brewers drop pair

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Associated Press
March 17, 2012
— Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who had not allowed a run in 5-plus innings in his first two starts, allowed four runs and five hits in Friday’s 9-4 spring training loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Gallardo walked two and a hit batter in three innings.


“I think his command was up in the zone a lot,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “He looked better his third inning. He was a little quick and everything kept being up. We still don’t expect balls to get hit hard like that.”


Luis Mendoza allowed one run and two hits and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings, and Chris Getz drove in three runs for the Royals.


Mendoza did not allow a hit until Aramis Ramirez led off the fifth with a single.


“He pitched extremely well, on the attack, good action on his pitches, had a tremendous changeup,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s been dynamite every time out. Good for him. That’s what he needs to do and he’s doing it.”


Mendoza, a 28-year-old right-hander, went 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in two big league starts after a September promotion.


“It’s a big opportunity for me,” Mendoza said. “I just try to show them I can help the team. I’m just trying to do my job. That’s the only thing in my mind right now.”


He is 3-0 in three exhibition starts, allowing one run and five hits in 10 2/3 innings, while walking one and striking out 11.


The Royals had 13 hits.


Corey Patterson went 2 for 2 for the Brewers and homered in a two-run ninth off Jeremy Jeffress.


KANSAS CITY 9, BREWERS 4

Milwaukee Kansas City


ab r h bi ab r h bi


Aoki rf 3 0 1 0 A.Gordon lf 4 2 2 2


M.Reed cf 1 0 0 0 Golson lf 1 0 0 1


Morgan cf 3 0 0 0 Getz 2b 3 1 2 3


M.Walker 1b 1 0 0 0 Giavotella 2b 1 0 0 0


R.Weeks 2b 2 0 0 0 Hosmer 1b 1 0 0 0


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


Ar.Ramirez 3b 2 1 1 0 Butler dh 1 0 1 1


J.Bianchi 2b 2 0 0 0 M.Ramrez dh 2 0 0 0


Gamel 1b 2 0 0 0 Francoeur rf 3 0 0 0


T.Green 3b 2 0 0 0 Lough rf 2 0 1 1


Gonzalez ss 2 0 0 0 Betncrt 3b 3 0 0 0


C.Patterson lf 2 2 2 1 Mstakas 3b 2 1 1 0


Lucroy c 2 0 1 1 L.Cain cf 3 2 2 0


Kottaras c 2 1 2 0 Maier cf 1 0 0 0


Ishikawa lf-rf 3 0 1 1 B.Pena c 3 1 1 0


Gibbons dh 4 0 1 1 C.Clark c 1 0 0 0


A.Escobar ss 2 1 1 1


A.Seratelli ss 1 0 1 0


Totals 34 4 9 4 Totals 36 9 13 9


Milwaukee (ss) 000 010 012 — 4


Kansas City 130 120 11x — 9


E—A.Gordon (1), Hosmer (1). DP—Milwaukee 2. LOB—Milwaukee 5, Kansas City 11. 2B—Kottaras (3), A.Gordon (3), Butler (3), L.Cain (5), B.Pena (3). 3B—Lough (2). HR—C.Patterson (1). SF—Getz.


Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO


Gallardo (L 1-1) 3 5 4 4 2 1


Chulk 1 1 1 1 2 0


Veras 1 3 2 2 0 0


Loe 1 0 0 0 0 1


Braddock 1 2 1 1 1 1


M.Parra 1 2 1 1 1 2


Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO


Mendoza (W 3-0) 4-2/3 2 1 1 0 7


Collins 1-1/3 1 0 0 0 1


L.Coleman 1-1/3 3 1 1 2 1


Hottovy 2/3 0 0 0 0 2


Jeffress 1 3 2 2 0 0


HBP—by Gallardo (A.Escobar). WP—Chulk.


Time—2:56. Attendance—6,322.


-- Mariners (ss) 6, Brewers (ss) 1—At Tucson, Ariz., Felix Hernandez limited Milwaukee to one hit in six scoreless innings in his second-to-last outing before Seattle leaves for Japan, helping the Mariners beat the Brewers, 6-1, in a split-squad game Friday.


Hernandez threw 80 pitches, 50 for strikes. He struck out six and walked one.


Hernandez will likely make his final spring start Wednesday before the team departs for Tokyo for two exhibition games and its season opener March 28 against Oakland.


Alex Liddi hit a two-run home run, and Dustin Ackley had three doubles for Seattle.


Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada allowed three runs and five hits in three innings. He struck out two and walked two. The Brewers played without any of their regular position players.



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