MILWAUKEE (AP) Carlos Gomez rounded second on Adam Lind’s double and it looked as if he was slowing down when third-base coach Ed Sedar started waving him on.
Gomez raced home safely with the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning when outfielder Michael Cuddyer misplayed a double off the wall, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the injury-riddled New York Mets 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Just as important to the Brewers, Gomez’s sprint around the bases showed he might just be over an upper right leg/hip injury that has slowed him down for much of June.
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”I thought he looked pretty good,” manager Craig Counsell said. ”It was a marked improvement over what we saw” last week.
This is crucial for the Brewers, who are desperately trying to salvage some respectability out of what has been a dismal season. The win on Tuesday improved last-place Milwaukee to 26-46.
Gomez is the Brewers’ high-energy ignitor, able to hit for power and has speed. He won a Gold Glove in 2013.
He could be a high-value trade target for other teams or a cornerstone for the Brewers’ future rebuilding plans.
For now, Milwaukee will gladly settle for a victory after having lost eight of nine.
For a while on Tuesday, the game had the feel of another frustrating, low-scoring affair that typically hasn’t gone the Brewers’ way this year. Milwaukee left 11 men on base.
”But we kept putting runners out there and did a good job in the seventh getting another one,” Counsell said.
Thanks in large part to Cuddyer.
Gomez had yet to reach third on Adam Lind’s double down the left-field line off Sean Gilmartin when the ball took a high hop off the side wall on Cuddyer. The ball bounced just over Cuddyer’s glove and trickled through his legs, allowing Gomez to score.
Explained Cuddyer: ”If I wait back on that ball, two things can happen: one, it can miss the jet out and go straight to the wall; or, Carlos Gomez beats it anyway. You hope for a good hop but unfortunately, off the cement, it took a bad hop.”
New York lost its sixth straight, falling to .500 (36-36) for the first time since it was 3-3 on April 12.
The Mets placed starting catcher Travis d’Arnaud on the disabled list for the second time this season before the game with a left elbow injury.
The margin of error for the offensively challenged Mets got even tighter with d’Arnaud rejoining middle-of-the-order mainstays David Wright and Daniel Murphy on the disabled list. D’Arnaud spent nearly two months on the DL with a broken right pinkie.
”Nothing’s going our way right now,” Cuddyer said.
Hansel Robles (1-2) took the loss after allowing Gomez to reach on a walk.
WHAT A RELIEF
Will Smith (3-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief before Francisco Rodriguez tossed a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances.
The closer known as ”K-Rod” has a 1.04 ERA. He’s had a terrific year in spite of inconsistent opportunities because of the Brewers’ tough season.
”The more I pitch the better I feel. I need to be out there more often,” Rodriguez said.
Mets: Collins was hopeful that d’Arnaud would need just the minimum 15 days on the disabled list to recover from his left elbow injury. … Murphy (left quad) could be ready to start a rehab assignment soon, assistant general manager John Ricco said.
Brewers: Gomez went 1 for 2 with a walk and hit-by-pitch after missing two games in Colorado over the weekend. The injury has bothered him for much of June.
Mets: Bartolo Colon (9-5) looks to rebound from a tough outing his last time out, when the right-hander allowed seven runs in a 4 1-3 innings in a 7-1 loss to Toronto on Thursday.
Brewers: Jimmy Nelson (3-8) gave up a career-high 11 hits in five innings in his last outing, a 3-2 loss Thursday to Kansas City. The young right-hander is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against the Mets.
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