Brewers losing streak hits five with a 10-2 loss in Kansas City
Different ballpark, same result. The Brewers pitching staff struggled with some big innings yet again as they dropped their third straight to the Kansas City Royals 10-2 Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Brewers (24-43) got on the board first after Scooter Gennett tripled off Royals starter Joe Blanton in the 2nd to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. That advantage would be short lived, as Kansas City struck back against Mike Fiers, tagging him for four singles and a walk, grabbing a 3-1 lead.
The score remained the same until the 5th, when the Royals' Mike Moustakas hit a one-out single and then scored on a triple by Lorenzo Cain. Eric Hosmer followed with a walk, and then Kendrys Morales collected an RBI single to score Cain. Hosmer then scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Gordon to make it a 6-1 Royals lead.
Milwaukee added one more run in the 8th, when Shane Peterson hit a one-out triple and then scored on a ground out by Gerardo Parra. The Royals (37-25) would counter with another crooked number. Alex Gordon drew the dreaded leadoff walk, and after a Perez groundout, Kansas City followed with three straight hits, including the game's 4th triple, a 3 RBI hit by Alcides Escobar. Moustakas collected an RBI groundout to make the score 10-2.
Joe Blanton got the win for Kansas City. He improves to 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA after holding the Brewers to one run on five hits while striking out four over 5 1/3 innings. Mike Fiers suffered the loss for Milwaukee. He falls to 3-7 with a 4.50 ERA on the season after giving up six earned runs on eight hits while striking out two over five innings.
The Brewers will try to salvage the finale of the four game home-and-home set on Thursday. Jimmy Nelson (3-7, 4.60) takes the hill for the Crew against Jeremy Guthrie (4-4, 5.79) for KC. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. The Brewers will then head to Colorado for a weekend 3-game series against the Rockies.