Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo (1-2) struck out six but surrendered four earned runs on six hits in 5.0 innings pitched to raise his pre-season ERA from 2.77 to 4.00. His counterpart, starting pitcher Bruce Chen (1-1), did not fare much better as he gave up three earned runs on seven hits while fanning six. Considering his ERA was a whopping 15.00 coming into Tuesday’s game, Chen actually lowered his average to 11.50.
Former Brewer Yuniesky Betancourt got things rolling for the Royals when he hit a solo home run to left field in the second inning. Things did not get much better in the third for Gallardo when he surrendered three runs on three doubles and a homer. A Mat Gamel throwing error did not help the situation either.
“I lost my rhythm there a little bit in the third inning,” Gallardo said, according to Brewers.com. “The second inning, the homer to Yuni was just a ball that was up in the zone. My arm was falling behind a little bit, but I was able to correct that the last two innings, which is a good thing. The last two innings, rhythm-wise, is where I want to be.”
Gamel redeemed himself in the fifth inning by hitting a solo shot to right field. Unfortunately, Gallardo grounded into a double play which basically killed any momentum in the inning. Milwaukee’s pitchers gave up five more runs in the next three innings as the Brewers tried to keep up offensively.
Milwaukee eventually out-hit the Royals 13-12 but the damage done early was too big to overcome. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run homer on his first day back after sitting out a couple games with a sore heel. Jonathan Lucroy, who just got a nice contract extension, went 2-for-3.