Daniel Vogelbach provides all of Milwaukee Brewers’ offense in 5-3 win over Kansas City Royals
MILWAUKEE — Daniel Vogelbach belted a pair of homers and drove in all five runs as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 on Sunday to sweep the three-game interleague matchup.
Vogelbach, claimed by the Brewers off waivers earlier this month, hit a two-run home run to straightaway center with two outs in the first off Brad Keller (4-3). He blasted a three-run opposite-field shot to chase Keller in the sixth. Vogelbach has three home runs since joining the Brewers and five on the season.
“You want to come to the ballpark and do your part every day,” Vogelbach said. “I’m a very competitive person and I don’t like losing. It’s a winning atmosphere here and a winning culture. A lot of times you raise your level of play to the people around you.”
Vogelbach had a chance to do even more damage but struck out with the bases loaded in the seventh in a seven-pitch at-bat but Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell wasn’t complaining.
“He’s probably doing more than you’d ever expect,” Counsell said. “There’s a little edge to him that’s been really positive for us. Men on base, huge hits in huge spots.”
Milwaukee closed out the regular-season schedule at Miller Park in what was possibly the final home game in a Brewers uniform for Ryan Braun, the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year and the 2011 MVP who has spent his entire 14-year career with the franchise. Braun, who will turn 37 in November, is in the final guaranteed year of a five-year, $105-million contract extension signed in 2011.
Braun went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. He legged out an infield hit in his final at-bat.
“It was definitely a little bit more emotional than a typical game would be, certainly,” Braun said. “Trying to take it all in. It would have obviously been a completely different experience had the fans been here.”
The Brewers improved to 26-26 with their fourth consecutive win and reached the .500 mark for the first time since they were 11-11.
Josh Lindblom (2-3), who was reinstated from the bereavement list prior to the start of the game, turned in another effective outing for the Brewers. He gave up one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings, with two strikeouts and no walks.
Lindblom tossed five shutout innings on Monday in a no-decision against St. Louis and also made two scoreless relief appearances between starts.