SURPRISE, Ariz. – Luis Mendoza held Milwaukee's split squad hitless until the fifth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Brewers 9-4 Friday.
Mendoza struck out seven in 4 2-3 innings. He allowed one run on two hits without a walk.
Mendoza was the Pacific Coast League 2011 pitcher of the year. He has given up one run and five hits in 10 2-3 innings in three spring starts, striking out 11 and walking one.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo allowed four runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batter in three innings.