Brewers second baseman just misses hitting second shot of game
MILWAUKEE -- Perhaps the Brewers need to start eating their Wheaties.
For the second straight day, an apparent home run was overturned on replay review and converted to a triple. On Sunday in Philadelphia, it happened to catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who just missed a grand slam. On Monday at Miller Park, it was second baseman Rickie Weeks, whose drive with the bases empty in the seventh inning struck the top of the left-field wall and caromed back into play.
Just like Sunday, the Brewers admitted the umpires made the right call.
"I guess it hit the front of the padding and went straight up and came back in," Weeks said.
What are the odds? Two days in a row, the Brewers came within an inch or two of a home run, only to settle for the rare ground-rule triple. "That's the way things are going. They're not going our way right now," said Weeks, whose Brewers lost the game, 10-2, to the A's and have lost 24 of 31 since the start of May.
Weeks had already hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning on the same day the Brewers promoted second-base prospect Scooter Gennett from Triple-A Nashville and announced a platoon between the two. Weeks' homer was his first since May 15, and had his blast stood in the seventh, it would have been his first multi-homer game since last September.
Instead, just like Lucroy the day before, Weeks was sent back to third base, where he was stranded. Considering the Brewers trailed from the game's very first batter -- Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run -- another Weeks' homer would have simply been a moral victory.
"I think it's kind of the way things are going," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We're running into some things like that, but we've got to pitch better."