9/16/2013 8:14 P.M. ET
Halton soaking in first big league stint
By Adam McCalvy and Kevin Massoth / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- A day after hitting a walk-off home run to lift the Brewers to a 6-5 win over the Reds, Sean Halton was back to business on Monday.
"It was a pretty exciting day in the household, for sure," Halton said. "Definitely one I'll never forget and I'm sure one my folks will never forget."
The solo home run off Reds reliever Zach Duke was Halton's third this season in his first stint in the big leagues. Halton, who was not in Monday's starting lineup against the Cubs, said he was happy to be contributing along with several other young Brewers.
"I'm really excited to be making an impact and to be a positive force for this team," Halton said. "I think we're all just trying to make an impact and see where we can land."
Caleb Gindl, who started in left field hitting seventh on Monday, is another young player seeing playing time for the Brewers late this season. Gindl's first career home run also came as a walk-off in a 1-0, 13-inning win over the Marlins on July 21.
"We actually talked about that at the hotel," Gindl said. "I said, 'That's awesome, man. You got a walk-off in the show.' He said, 'It could've been my first one.' It doesn't matter. Anytime you get a walk-off, whether it's a hit or a homer, it's a great feeling. Anytime you do something to help the team win."
Halton said Carlos Gomez's catch at the wall in the top of the ninth inning carried the momentum over to his at-bat with one out in the bottom half of the inning.
"You know the old saying, how many times have you seen a guy make a great catch and then he does something with the bat?" Halton said. "This time that catch was so good it felt like everybody made the catch. It was contagious."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he can play Halton at each corner infield position as well as both corner outfield spots.
"He's good at first," Roenicke said. "Now, the other places, he'll play them. I just haven't seen enough of him to know how good he is there. I think he's a nice player."
Can he be a bat off the bench at the big league level?
"The more positions he can play, the better that'll be for him," Roenicke said. "He's a guy that I feel like when he goes out there that I kind of know what I'm going to get from him. And that makes it comfortable for a manager, especially with a young guy."
Brewers mulling start for top prospect Nelson
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are still mulling a start for right-hander and top pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson before the end of the season, though manager Ron Roenicke declined to say Monday where Nelson might fit.
The Brewers are already using a six-man rotation while finishing the regular season with 20 games in 20 days and have their starters set for the current series against the Cubs. The Cardinals come to Miller Park next, and it's unlikely the Brewers would throw Nelson against the National League's top offense in a series with implications for the NL Central race.
So Nelson would probably fit somewhere during the season's final road trip against the Braves, who have the NL East locked up, or against the Mets, who are not in the postseason picture.
Since a callup on Sept. 3, Nelson has made a pair of appearances out of the Brewers' bullpen. He pitched two perfect innings at Wrigley Field on Sept. 6 in his Major League debut, then struck out two batters in another perfect inning against the Reds on Saturday at Miller Park.
"He's an aggressive guy, and that makes a difference," Roenicke said. "Maybe he'll be wild, I don't know. But he's going to come at you and he's going to give you his best stuff. Those are the kind of guys you want to see, so if we can get him in there, we want to see him."
Nelson, 24, was 10-10 with a 3.25 ERA in 27 starts between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville this season. He was Milwaukee's second-round Draft pick in 2010.
Gomez's highlight plays boost Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Gomez added another highlight-reel catch to his resume on Sunday with Gold Glove voting set for this week.
The All-Star center fielder's leaping grab at the wall likely saved at least two runs and extra bases for Jay Bruce in the ninth inning of an eventual 6-5 Brewers win over the Reds at Miller Park. If the ball was headed over the fence, it would have been Gomez's fifth robbed home run of the season.
Nobody was as thankful as Brewers closer Jim Henderson, who jumped off the mound with a fist pump after seeing the ball settle into Gomez's glove.
"When the ball was hit, I was looking at it in the air. I was just kind of telling the ball, 'Just give him a chance,'" Henderson said. "If the ball stays in the park, he's going to have a chance to make a play on it.
"I've given up a few home runs lately, so it's nice to see one fall into the glove, and someone make a spectacular play for me. You need that as a player and as a team, those kinds of plays to happen."
Gomez also made a throw to third base in the fifth inning to cut down Brandon Phillips, who was trying to go first to third on a single. It was the center fielder's career-high 10th assist this season, which is second among National League outfielders behind the Mets' Juan Lagares (11).
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said both plays were pivotal to the Brewers' come-from-behind win, and game-changing plays like that would help Gomez's chances for a Gold Glove.
"It's different things that sometimes can change a ballgame," Roenicke said. "Both those plays changed the ballgame. It energizes you a lot when you make a play like that. Defensively, not too many times do you make a play where you come in and the guys are fired up."
• Roenicke is eager to see as much Khris Davis as possible in the remaining two weeks of the regular season, and he hopes the rookie outfielder is not bothered by the sore left wrist that has sidelined him of late. Davis didn't start Monday, Roenicke said, because the matchup against Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson favored Grindl.
"I want [Davis] to get back into the lineup and I want him to play a few games," Roenicke said. "I want to make sure when he does, though, that we're not just 'getting through the season.' I want him to feel like he's strong and he's going to show us what he's got."
The Brewers will have to decide this winter where Davis fits into their plan for 2014. His arm strength probably limits him to left field, where Ryan Braun has played since 2008, and it does not appear a move to first base is an option. Brewers officials will discuss in the coming weeks whether it makes sense to ask Braun to move to right field.
• Roenicke reflected on Mark Kotsay's career Monday after learning Kotsay, who played for the Brewers in 2011, Roenicke's rookie season as manager, had announced his intent to retire. Roenicke has said before that Kotsay produced one of the best seasons off the bench Roenicke has ever seen.
"The numbers won't show you that," Roenicke said, "but I saw what he did against the setup guys and closers, whether you threw 95 [mph] or a great split-finger, he's always give you a great at-bat. And as far as in [the dugout] and the locker room, it doesn't get any better than that."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.