Scott Gennett hits for cycle as Brewers top Royals
SURPRISE, Ariz.—Scooter Gennett is not yet on the Milwaukee Brewers big league roster. He could be soon.
Gennett, a minor leaguer who has never played above Class A, hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday to complete the cycle as a Brewers split-squad defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-3. He will likely start this season with Double-A Huntsville in the Southern League.
Gennett, who has a .304 average with 18 home runs in his first two pro seasons, homered off the Brewers' bullpen wall in right field.
"I've never hit for the cycle," Gennett said. "This is the first time."
He said he was not looking to go deep in his final at-bat.
"Because every time I try to hit a home run I end up rolling over or striking out," Gennett said. "So I was just trying to put a good at-bat together and try to hit the ball hard."
Gennett tripled in the first inning and doubled in the second off Felipe Paulino.
"It's always good to get that triple out of the way, but I didn't have cycle on my mind, that's for sure," said Gennett, a 5-10, 166-pound left-handed hitter.
After striking out in the fourth, he singled in the sixth off Jonathan Broxton before the home run. Gennett said it could have been a better day.
"I could have gone 5 for 5 with the cycle," he said while signing autographs for a long line of fans, yelling "Scooter."
Paulino, who is bidding for a spot in the Royals' rotation, gave up five runs on six hits and three walks, committed a throwing error on a pickoff throw to second base and let in one run with a wild pitch. Paulino was pulled after 2 2-3 innings, his pitch count up to 78, his ERA inflating to 7.71.
"Just very inconsistent, a lot of pitches up in the zone, a lot of pitches out and over the middle of the plate, overthrowing his breaking ball," manager Ned Yost said. "You know he's struggling when he has 78 pitches after 2 2-3 innings. So it wasn't a very good outing right there."
Paulino, however, did not think it was that poor.
"They made me throw a lot of pitches early in the game, that's why it was a short game for me," Paulino said. "I throw my pitches where they were supposed to be, right in the zone. All my pitches were sharp. But I just missed my spot. It's spring training. Sometime we're inconsistent, but the next one I try to get better. I'm ready. My pitches was good. My stuff was good.
Minor leaguer Terry Evans homered for the Royals.
NOTES: Royals RF Jeff Francoeur was ejected in the fourth inning by plate umpire John Tumpane for arguing a called third strike. "It's the first time I ever got thrown out without saying a cuss word," Francoeur said. "All I said was `Whatever.'" . Ned Yost IV, who is a Brewers coach at Class A Brevard County in the Florida State League, was Milwaukee's first base coach for the split-squad game. He is the son of the Royals manager. "My wife said after the game: `Very good job of coaching first base, not so good a job of managing,'" father Yost said. . Royals LHP Bruce Chen is scheduled to throw in a minor league game Tuesday.