Gomez leads barrage as Crew delivers at home
Two-homer effort highlights Brewers' comeback; Davis launches monster blast
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' home field has provided a distinct disadvantage this year, but on Wednesday, Carlos Gomez helped power a reprieve.
Gomez hit a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead three-run shot in the eighth inning of a 6-5 win over the Braves at Miller Park in which Milwaukee scored all of its runs via the long ball. Khris Davis also homered as the Brewers chipped away at one of the most glaring statistics in their subpar season: the wide margin by which they have been overpowered at home.
Including Wednesday, when the Brewers hit three home runs and the Braves two, Milwaukee has been out-homered at Miller Park, 72-46. It's one of the reasons the team owns baseball's poorest home record at 16-28.
"The place where you play half your games, you want to be good there," manager Craig Counsell said. "It's not something that jumps out at you like, 'Do this different.' It's hard for me to [explain the disparity].
"We point to the home runs, and it's there. But I look at the lineup we put out there, and it certainly has home run potential."
That potential showed on Wednesday. The Brewers didn't have a hit against Braves starter Julio Teheran until Davis connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, cutting a 4-0 deficit to 4-2. Gomez made it 4-3 in the sixth when he hit a 2-0 slider over the left-field wall.
It was 5-3 in the eighth when a pair of bloop singles brought Gomez to the plate with one out, representing the go-ahead run. He worked into a 3-1 count against left-handed reliever Luis Avilan, a changeup specialist who chose that pitch and threw it low in the strike zone.
Gomez was looking for it.
"I saw he threw me a really good one the first pitch, and I took it," Gomez said. "I never had in my mind he was going to throw me a fastball. He's going to lose with the best pitch he has."
It was Gomez's first multihomer game since May 2013, when he had a pair of two-homer games in the span of three days against the Pirates and Twins.
Gomez's next home run will be the 100th of his career. He has eight homers this season and a .451 slugging percentage, figures which have been driven down by a nagging right hip injury.
"He's had such a season that we haven't got him out there on a consistent basis," Counsell said. "I think he's there right now. He's going to [provide some power]. You've been kind of waiting on it, but you know it's going to happen."