Coulter, Crew score 17 -- in first inning

Brewers' first-round pick helps AZL club trounce Royals, 23-8

By Andrew Pentis / Special to | July 7, 2012 10:52 PM

Baseball lineups aim to put up a crooked number on the scoreboard every inning. In their first frame Saturday night, the Arizona League Brewers nearly put up two crooked numbers.

Milwaukee's Rookie-level affiliate scored 17 runs before making the game's first three outs and went on to crush the host Royals, 23-8.

The Brewers sent 22 batters to the plate in the opening inning, collecting 12 hits and drawing five walks. The Royals also hit a batter, committed two errors and a balk.

The Royals burned through three pitchers -- rehabbing Major League reliever Juan Gutierrez (0-1) and 2011 draftees Christian Witt and Stephen Lumpkins each recorded one out -- and made two defensive switches in the frame.

A bit of context: No Minor League team has scored more than 17 runs in a single inning this season. Plus, the 23 runs overall represent an Arizona League season high, besting the AZL Diamondbacks' 22-run total on June 24.

At the forefront of the victorious lineup was first-round Draft pick Clint Coulter, who was selected 27th overall last month. The 18-year-old catcher singled three times in five at-bats and caught six innings before leaving his 10th game as a pro.

Coulter, who signed four days after the Draft, singled twice and grounded out in the first, while leadoff man -- and second-round pick -- Tyrone Taylor tripled, doubled and reached on an error, all in the space of one inning.

In his seventh pro game, Taylor finished 4-for-7 with three RBIs and four runs scored -- all career highs.

No. 3 hitter Jose Pena recorded five hits in seven at-bats and fell a home run short of the cycle. He doubled and singled twice in the first inning alone.

Taylor opened the game with a double, Coulter singled and Pena followed with an RBI base hit. With one out, a throwing error by shortstop Ramon Torres produced another run and Angel Ortega singled to chase Gutierrez.

Renaldo Jenkins greeted Witt with an RBI double before Malcolm Dowell and Dionis Hinojosa walked to force in a run. Third baseman Diego Goris' error allowed two more runs to score, but Coulter was retired on a ground ball for the second out.

Pena doubled to make it 9-0, then scored on Jalen Harris' triple. Alan Sharkey and Angel Ortega singled and Jenkins walked against Lumpkins to load the bases. Dowell was plunked and Hinojosa walked to force in two runs and Taylor emptied the bases with his third triple of the season. Coulter capped the inning with an RBI single to center field.

The Brewers also posted a crooked digit in the third (two runs) and seventh innings (three runs) before scoring their final run in the eighth.

The Royals rallied for six runs in the bottom of the first against starter Daniel Keller, who was charged with all eight runs on 12 hits over three frames. Brewers relievers Taylor Magnum (1-1) and Zachary Quintana each allowed one hit over three scoreless innings, with Quintana recording his first save.

Andrew Pentis is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter at AndrewMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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