Brew Crew wins 4th straight
Some of the highlights:
* Brewers' rookie third-baseman Ryan Braun outslugged Royals' rookie third-baseman Alex Gordon...but both showed they are ready to contribute to their respective clubs--Braun went 4-for-4, including a homer and a double, and drove in three...while Gordon was 2-for-4 with a double and scored two.
* Former Brewer Jorge De La Rosa hurled for the Royals and took the loss, while former Royal Jeff Suppan hurled for the Brewers and got the win...but neither were overwhelming: De La Rosa allowed 7 ER in 5 IP, while Suppan allowed 5 ER in 5 IP...both allowed a pair of walk apiece, but De La Rosa won the K battle, 6 to 5.
Again, Ned Yost left in his starter a bit too long--Suppan took a 6-2 lead with him into the top of the 5th, and gave up 3 runs, all earned, to let the Royals back into the ball game. Carlos Villanueva came in and fanned 4 of the 6 outs in the 6th and 7th, but why does Yost continue to focus on his starters eating up innings, even if it means giving up a few more runs...I watched part of the 5th and Suppan's pitches were flailing everywhere--after 3 strikes and a ball to DeJesus, Suppan gave up back-to-back singles, then a sac fly, and a walk before giving up a double.
Anyway, Dave Bush gets the start tonight in what is likely to be the second-to-last chance to prove he belongs in the rotation ahead of Yovani Gallardo, as one of the two will get bumped once Chris Capuano returns from his groin injury.
The Brewers took game one of their 3-game series against the Royals on Friday night to extend their win streak to 4 games. The Brewers collected 14 hits in the 11-6 victory.