Brewers lose game to Cincinnati, Gomez to injury
The Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 last night at Miller Park – and the Crew might have lost All-Star centerfielder Carlos Gomez for a while. He left in the fourth inning, after he slammed into the wall on a sensational catch that robbed Brandon Phillips of an extra-base hit. Gomez will have an M-R-I this morning to see if the injury is any worse. He was hurt earlier this season when he slammed into the same wall while making a highlight-reel catch against Atlanta. Joey Votto had the game-winning hit for Cincinnati last night – a solo homer in the sixth inning that broke a 1-1 tie. Zack Cozart drove in the Reds’ only other run with an R-B-I single. Khris Davis provided Milwaukee’s only offense with a solo shot. Kyle Lohse took the loss despite another quality start. He gave up two runs – one earned – on five hits and four walks in seven innings. Lohse fell to 8-and-8. Tony Cingrani struck out nine Brewers in six-and-a-third innings for the win. He’s 6-and-2. Aroldis Chapman earned his 30th save. Cincy won its fifth straight game – and Reds’ pitchers threw at least 10 strikeouts in each of those contests, one short of a team record set in April. Milwaukee fell back into sole possession of last place in the National League Central, a half-game behind the idle Chicago Cubs. The Brewers and Reds play again tonight at Miller Park. Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny faces Reds’ right-hander Mike Leake.
Brewers’ skipper Ron Roenicke says he likes the idea of expanding instant replay – but he does not like the concept of managers’ challenges. Yesterday, Commissioner Bud Selig said Major League owners would vote in November on a system in which managers can challenge two calls in the first six innings, and one from the seventh inning on. Roenicke wants to know if he’ll have to wear a head-set to get advice on challenging calls from an assistant up in the press box – just like coaches in the N-F-L do. Roenicke says an official should sit in the booth and decide which calls should be reviewed, and the managers should be left out of the process. Actually, the reviewing would be done at a central studio in New York. Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin is also concerned about expanding the replay system. He voted against replay reviews for home run calls several years ago. Melvin said any expansion should be tried on an experimental basis first – perhaps during the final two weeks of the season for teams out of the playoff races.