ANAHEIM — Ryan Braun hit a grand slam and Casey McGehee added a solo shot off the glove of a leaping Torii Hunter, leading Randy Wolf and the Milwaukee Brewers to a 12-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Wolf (5-6) allowed three hits over seven innings — all of them in the second, including a two-run double by No. 9 hitter Kevin Frandsen. The left-hander, who gave up a career-worst five home runs in his previous start against the Cubs, retired his final 13 batters after hitting Howie Kendrick on the left arm to loaded the bases with two out in the third. Wolf escaped that jam by retiring Juan Rivera on a flyball.
Joe Saunders (5-7) gave up six runs and six hits over 5 1⁄3 innings against an offense that was 5 for 48 with runners in scoring position over its previous five games. The left-hander, coming off a complete-game victory Wednesday at Oakland, is 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA in his eight home starts — compared to 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA in his six outings on the road.
Hunter, who won a Gold Glove in each of the previous nine seasons and has committed only in his past 338 games in the outfield, has pulled back home run bids by opposing players more than 30 times in his career — including one by Barry Bonds in the 2002 All-Star game at Milwaukee’s Miller Park — according to painstaking research by the Angels’ publicity staff.
For a moment, it appeared that McGehee would be Hunter’s next victim. He timed his leap perfectly, but the ball spun off the webbing of his glove and disappeared behind the center-field fence — right behind an advertisement promoting Joe Saunders bobblehead night. Saunders was the one who threw the pitch.
Shortstop Erick Aybar had a knee-on-knee collision with McGehee, leaving Aybar with a hyperextended left knee. He had to be helped off by trainer Ned Bergert and an assistant. McGehee was booed by the crowd of 39,289 as he left the field, and got the same treatment when he came up in the ninth.