SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - 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.
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