KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 12: Starting pitcher Luis Mendoza #39 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the 1st inning of the game on June 12, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
HR: Alex Gordon (5)
MVP: Rickie Weeks (+.329)
LVP: Taylor Green (-.424)
For the fourth time this season the Brewers lost a game when Francisco Rodriguez couldn't handle a high-leverage situation. Tonight he was knocked around by the American League's worst offense, throwing a pitch that even led Bill Schroeder to say 'you're not going to get many outs on a pitch like that." His run allowed on three hits in the eighth gave the Royals a 2-1 lead, and the Brewers couldn't capitalize on an opportunity to answer in the ninth as George Kottaras struck out and Brooks Conrad grounded out to end it.
The only thing that makes this embarrassing Brewer loss a little better is the fact that it could have been much worse.
Through six innings they had no hits against fringe major leaguer Luis Mendoza, who has to be considered one of the worst of the below average pitchers who have dominated the Brewers at one point or another this season. The only hit he allowed in the game was an infield single to Ryan Braun leading off the seventh, and Braun advanced all the way to third on a pair of errors.
Braun's single didn't matter in the end, as he was erased at the plate attempting to score on Taylor Green's fly out. Aramis Ramirez also walked in the inning, though, advanced to second on the aforementioned fly out and scored on Rickie Weeks' single to plate the Brewers' only run.
Meanwhile, Zack Greinke was great for almost all of tonight's game. Former teammate Alex Gordon took him deep to lead off the bottom of the first, but after that he allowed just five more hits and did not walk a batter while pitching seven innings. He struck out eight and threw 105 pitches. He received a no decision despite allowing one or fewer runs for the sixth time in his last seven starts.
The two teams will continue this series tomorrow night with another 7:10 start featuring a pitcher the Brewers have never seen before: Shaun Marcum will start against Luke Hochevar.