CINCINNATI -- The Brewers' trouble with Reds slugger Jay Bruce is a matter of poor execution, not poor planning, manager Ron Roenicke argued.
Bruce entered Saturday night with more home runs (21) and RBIs (46) against the Brewers than any other team. He snapped an 0-for-19 slump on Friday night with a double, and then hit a home run off Brewers starter Marco Estrada.
Bruce wasted no time adding to his RBI total against the Brewers on Saturday, knocking a run-scoring single against Yovani Gallardo in the first inning.
"It's making pitches," Roenicke said. "We know what type of hitter he is, and we know you cannot make mistakes against him. ... We know where the percentages are in the strike zone where they don't hit .350 or above, but, if you don't hit those spots, now you have to throw a pitch [the hitter] is looking for -- a fastball -- and if you don't locate that well, they kill the ball."
Why do the Brewers seem to make more mistakes against Bruce than anybody else?
"I think because you try to be more careful," Roenicke said.