Gomez makes 2B debut after Gennett ejection
MILWAUKEE -- With no extra infielders left on the bench, Scooter Gennett was ejected to end the eighth inning of Friday's 6-2 loss to the Brewers by home-plate umpire Mike Estabrook.
Gennett took a called strike three and broke his bat slamming it to the ground, drawing an immediate ejection.
That meant manager Ron Roenicke had to decide between using outfielders Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez to play second base. Braun was a shortstop in college and began his career with the Brewers as an infielder, but Roenicke chose Gomez, who hadn't played the infield in his professional career dating to 2004.
He made that decision because Gomez sometimes playfully takes infield grounders during batting practice. With the team falling to 0-4, there was little consolation that he finally got to man an infield position during a game.
"It's one of my dreams to play in the infield, and I had the opportunity today but I [didn't] enjoy it," he said. "It's really disappointing."
Gomez didn't get any chances in his one inning at second.
Gennett was ejected after utility infielders Luis Jimenez and Hector Gomez were used as pinch-hitters. It just added to the frustration of a team that hasn't played well in its first four games.
"Scooter can't get kicked out there," Roenicke said. "We already used Gomez and Jimenez and we didn't have anybody left.
"There's a part where you're in a ballgame where you also have to realize what's going on in the game, who's left, and you've got to keep yourself in the ballgame."
Gennett married his girlfriend, Kelsey, during the team's off-day Thursday.