04/23/2013 10:43 PM ET
Fairest of them all? Roenicke still wonders
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Petco Park's ground rules were pushed to the limit on Monday night with Carlos Gomez's fourth-inning foul ball. A day later, whether Gomez's moonshot hit fair or foul was still on the mind of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
With the Brewers leading, 5-0, Gomez crushed a 1-0 slider from Padres right-hander Jason Marquis down the left-field line, toward the Western Metal Supply Co. building.
Incidentally, the edge of that building also serves as the Petco Park foul pole. The fair side has a painted yellow stripe, and the foul side is simply brick red.
The ball caromed left, meaning it physically could not have hit the yellow stripe, making it fair. Still, without knowledge of the park's ground rules, replays showed what appeared to be a ball that was too close to call either way.
Roenicke was informed of those rules in his pregame meeting with the umpires, but had a hard time comprehending them when he went out to ask for a review.
"I heard him say it to me, I looked out there, and I couldn't quite understand what they were saying," Roenicke said.
Before Tuesday's game, Roenicke spoke with San Diego manager Bud Black, who told him he had never seen a ball that close. But the ground rules clearly state that the carom of the ball is used as the fair/foul indicator. That's why no review was necessary.
The only exception would have been had the ball had hit precisely on the corner of the building. So, does Roenicke think that could have happened?
"My eyes aren't that good," he quipped.
Lohse hopeful to make Sunday start
SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Lohse insists he'll be ready to take the ball on Sunday against the Dodgers, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is prepared to push the right-hander's start back a day or two if he isn't.
Lohse dislocated his left pinkie finger on Monday night while running to first on a bunt attempt. His finger brushed against the elbow of Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who was covering first.
On Tuesday, Lohse's finger was taped together with his left ring finger. But Lohse isn't sure how he'll treat his finger pre-start.
One thing Lohse is certain of, however, is that whatever he chooses to do won't affect him. Even if the two fingers are taped together, Lohse has always put them into the same hole in his glove.
Plus, it's not like Lohse has never dealt with this issue. He says it's happened so many times, he can't count them all -- dating back to his high school football days when the finger got caught on an opponent's jersey as he tried to make a tackle.
"The ligaments have been so stretched over time that it's pretty easy for it to pop back out," Lohse said. "But this time it was so jammed out there, it took quite a bit of pulling to get back in."
Whether he can swing a bat isn't of much concern to Roenicke, who will be afforded an off-day on Thursday. The extra day means if Lohse is still ailing, Yovani Gallardo could slide into his spot.
Still, Lohse, whom the Brewers signed for three years and $33 million in the offseason, insists he doesn't need the extra day. As long as the injury isn't affecting how he pitches, Lohse says he's all set to take the hill.
"You never feel really 100 percent out there, anyway," Lohse said. "If someone says they do, they're lying."
Burgos earns start against Dodgers on Friday
SAN DIEGO -- Brewers right-hander Hiram Burgos pitched well enough in his big league debut to earn another start this Friday against the Dodgers.
With the Brewers off on Thursday, they could have opted to skip Burgos' turn in the rotation. But it's always been manager Ron Roenicke's preference to stick with a five-man rotation, so long as he isn't sacrificing quality.
Based on what he saw last Saturday against the Cubs, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said Burgos' upcoming start is merited.
"He threw well, and I think he definitely earned his second start right there," Lucroy said. "He'll go out there and give us a chance to win, and the key point to that is that he throws strikes."
The decision to start Burgos was made before Kyle Lohse dislocated his left pinkie finger on Monday night, but the possibility of giving Lohse an extra day of rest simply reinforced the decision for Roenicke.
Burgos tossed five solid innings against the Cubs, allowing just one run on five hits. But the numbers weren't what impressed Lucroy the most. It was the poise of the 25-year-old making his first career start.
"He's got a lot of maturity, a lot of poise out there," Lucroy said. "He's very calm, very collected, and those are the kinds of traits you look for in a pitcher."
• Aramis Ramirez tested his sprained left knee on Tuesday by running in the outfield before the game. Running full speed is the final step for the Brewers third baseman in his recovery.
• Infielders Yuniesky Betancourt and Alex Gonzalez flipped defensive positions on Tuesday. On Monday, Betancourt played first and Gonzalez played third. On Tuesday, it was Betancourt at third and Gonzalez at first. Roenicke wouldn't divulge his reasoning, saying the move was strategic.
• Norichika Aoki was back in the lineup on Tuesday, bumping Rickie Weeks to fifth in the order -- the lowest he has hit all season. Both Aoki and Weeks are mired in slumps that, oddly enough, have coincided with the Brewers' eight-game winning streak.