BREWERS ROUNDUP: Gomez, Segura both groundout in their only All-Star at bat
The National League was held to just three hits last night in losing to the American League 3-to-nothing at the Major League All-Star Game in New York. Milwaukee’s two representatives – Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez – both went 0-for-1 at the plate. Segura was a late entry at shortstop, and Gomez finished the game in right field. Both were victims of New York Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera, as Segura made the first out and Gomez the final out in a 1-2-3 eighth inning. The 43-year-old Rivera, who will retire after this season, was named the game’s M-V-P. Former Brewers’ shortstop J-J Hardy of Baltimore drove in the final American League run on a groundout in the fifth inning. Former Wisconsin Timber Rattler Adam Jones of Baltimore scored on the play, after he doubled to open the frame. Hardy started at short for the American League and went 0-for-2. Ex-Brewers’ first baseman Prince Fielder tripled in his only at-bat. Former Milwaukee prospect Nelson Cruz went 0-for-1 with a walk. And ex-Brewers’ reliever Grant Balfour pitched a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout. The break continues for two more days. The Brewers will return to action on Friday night at home against the Miami Marlins.
If the players’ union has its way, we won’t know which players are suspended in the Bio-Genesis P-E-D scandal until after all the players have their appeal hearings. Union leader Michael Weiner said at the All-Star Game yesterday that the appeal hearings probably won’t happen until September – and any suspensions most likely won’t be served until next season. Baseball officials were planning to announce the suspensions within a month, as soon as their investigation is complete. Drug punishments are not normally made official until after the players’ appeals are exhausted. Major League officials were planning to make the announcement sooner this time, since many of the names of the involved players have already come out. That includes Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun. Media reports say Braun could be suspended for up to 100 games, after his name showed up on a list of suspected performance-enhancing drug customers at the now-closed Bio-Genesis clinic in Miami.