Brewers lose Gomez and game to Atlanta
The Milwaukee Brewers suffered another major injury yesterday in their 7-4 home loss to Atlanta. Center-fielder Carlos Gomez is day-to-day after he sprained his left shoulder on a leaping catch at the wall, which robbed Andrelton Simmons of an extra-base hit. The injury looked worse as Gomez was helped off the field. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy thought Gomez broke his collarbone again, just like he did in 2011. Gomez expects to be out for only a few days – but he still adds his name to a growing list of injured Brewers that includes Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, Marco Estrada, and others. Milwaukee got stung in the first inning yesterday when Braves’ catcher Brian McCann hit a grand slam off Alfredo Figaro. Solo shots by Chris Johnson and Jordan Schafer made it 6-nothing before Milwaukee came back with four in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run homer from Lucroy. It turned out to be the Brewers’ only runs of the day. Atlanta used three pitchers in the seventh after Milwaukee loaded the bases, but the Crew got nothing from that. Jordan Schafer went 4-for-5, Paul Maholm (muh-hah’-lum) got only his fourth win in 23 starts against Milwaukee, and Craig Kimbrel earned his 21st save. Figaro gave up six runs in three-and-a-third innings for the loss. He’s now 1-and-2. Milwaukee ended up taking 2-of-3 from the National League East leaders, but the Crew fell back into a tie for last in the Central with the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers and Cubs will open a 3-game series tomorrow night at Miller Park.
If the fans don’t elect Jean Segura, the Milwaukee Brewers hope their fellow National League players will choose him as the league’s starting shortstop in the All-Star Game. The latest round of fan voting has been released, and Segura remains in third-place behind Brandon Crawford of the Giants and front-running Troy Tulowitzki of Colorado. But Tulowitzki expects to miss the July 16th Mid-Summer Classic due to a broken rib. If he’s elected and cannot start, the players choose his replacement. Crawford leads Segura by 150-thousand votes, but Segura is the only big leaguer with both 10 homers and 20 stolen bases this season. Brewers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy says both Segura and center-fielder Carlos Gomez should make the National League All-Star team, based on the years both are having. Gomez sprained a shoulder yesterday, and Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke says it could be a day or a week before he returns. Gomez is 11th in the voting for the three starting National League outfield spots. Ryan Braun dropped one place to fifth this week, after going on the disabled list with a hand injury. Lucroy remains four among catchers, and Aramis Ramirez is fifth among third basemen. The Brewers are off today, and will host the Chicago Cubs tomorrow night.
Brewers’ starter Marco Estrada struggled in a rehab start for the Class-“A” Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He gave up six runs in two-and-two-thirds innings, as the Rattlers lost a 13-to-9 slugfest to Cedar Rapids yesterday near Appleton. Estrada struck out five, walked one, and gave up a homer after his recovery from a strained hamstring which put him on the disabled list June fifth. Wisconsin is off today. So are the Beloit Snappers, who beat Peoria 3-to-1 at home last night. All eight teams in the Midwest League’s Western Division are off tonight, while all eight teams from the East are in action. Lansing is at Dayton. South Bend plays at Great Lakes. Fort Wayne hosts West Michigan. And Lake County is at Bowling Green. The league is just starting the second half of its season. Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities are tied for the West lead at 4-and-0, with Beloit and Clinton tied for third at 3-and-1. Bowling Green, Great Lakes, and Lake County all lead the East at 3-and-1.