Ace Zack Greinke gave up a solo home run in the first inning but was still able to pitch seven innings without surrendering another earned run. Unfortunately, the Brewers offense could not get base runners home and setup man Francisco Rodriguez eventually lost the game in the eighth inning after allowing a run.
Randy Wolf will be taking the mound Wednesday night in an effort to record his first win since April 30. Wolf has been up and down this season but has pitched relatively well in his last few outings.
The following is the Brewers lineup against the Royals for their second game of the series:
Right Field: Norichika Aoki
Center Field: Carlos Gomez
Left Field: Ryan Braun
Designated Hitter: Aramis Ramirez
First Base: Corey Hart
Second Base: Rickie Weeks
Catcher: George Kottaras
Third Base: Cody Ransom
Shortstop: Edwin Maysonet
As you can see, manager Ron Roenicke has elected to move Corey Hart from the leadoff spot to fifth in the batting order to protect Aramis Ramirez, who will be Milwaukee’s designated hitter, as he seemed to have strained a leg muscle in last night’s loss.
Norichika Aoki is fitted perfectly to be a leadoff hitter and I am sure many fans are wondering what took Roenicke so long to make this move. Hart and former leadoff hitter Rickie Weeks are striking out at an absurd pace and rank among the top victims in the National League. The Brewers cannot have their leadoff man in front of the big hitters striking out on a consistent basis.
Hopefully, with Hart moved down in the lineup he can get on another hot hitting streak. Although, Weeks will have to heat up as well in order to provide solid protection for Hart. It should be interesting to watch Aoki and Carlos Gomez hit in front of Braun, as both players have been outstanding reaching base this season.