San Diego Padres (9-10) at Milwaukee Brewers (14-5), 8:10 p.m. (ET)
04/21/2014 9:36 AM
04/21/2014 9:36 AM
(SportsNetwork.com) - Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez has a history of getting under the skin of opposing players. His latest antics could have him suspended for the foreseeable future.
Gomez and the Brewers return home to start a three-game series with the San Diego Padres Monday at Miller Park and are coming off an emotional series win over the rival Pittsburgh Pirates. Before taking a 3-2 win in 14 innings Sunday, benches cleared in the third inning after a long Gomez triple.
Gomez thought he had went deep to center field and flipped his bat in admiration before trotting around the bases. However, Gomez had to hustle to third after the ball caromed off the wall. Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole didn't appreciate Gomez's actions and appeared to say something as he walked back to the mound after backing up the base.
Gomez, who got into a similar altercation with then-Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann at home plate last season, took off his helmet and moved in Cole's direction as the benches cleared and a scuffle ensued. Gomez had to be restrained by umpires and players and appeared to throw at least one punch before he was ejected. Other players threw punches as well.
"I'm not apologizing for nothing I did today," Gomez said. "This is my job, I've been doing it for eight years like that. They know I play like that. It's not to disrespect nobody."
Gomez went 1-for-2 on the short day and his teammates came through in the 14th inning thanks to Khris Davis' leadoff home run. Ryan Braun belted a solo home run in the ninth to make it 2-2 and was one of four players with two or more hits. Davis finished 3-for-6 in the win, Milwaukee's third in a row and fourth in five games. The Brewers are now 14-5 on the season.
"It's great to win those games," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's really hard to lose those games. It was a really good ballgame."
Zach Duke threw two innings of relief for the win and Francisco Rodriguez fanned two batters in a scoreless 14th for his seventh save. Marco Estrada started for the Brewers and tossed six innings of one-run ball.
The Brewers will host the Chicago Cubs on this homestand and hope Wily Peralta can get the residency started off right when he takes the mound Monday. Peralta has a 2-0 record and a 1.96 earned run average in three starts and allowed one run across 6 1/3 innings of a 5-1 win over St. Louis last Wednesday.
Peralta will make his third straight start at home and has never faced San Diego.
The Padres are set to begin a 10-game road trip Monday against Milwaukee, Washington and San Francisco, and just went 6-4 on a recent homestand. They closed a three-game series versus the Giants with Sunday's 4-3 loss, as starting pitcher Robbie Erlin struggled early on and was reached for all four runs in six innings to take the loss.
"After a shaky start he hung in there and showed a lot of character. He didn't cave in, didn't melt and put up four zeroes. I liked that about Robbie," Padres manager Bud Black said of Erlin.
Nick Hundley homered and Chase Headley drove in two runs for San Diego.
Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko got the day off Easter Sunday and is expected to be back in the lineup against the Brewers. Gyorko is batting just .145 this season and is hitless in his last four games (10 at-bats).
Andrew Cashner gets the start for the Padres Monday and has a 2-1 record with a 1.27 ERA in four starts. He has won back-to-back outings, including a 4-2 triumph versus Colorado last Wednesday in which the right-hander allowed two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Cashner struck out 11 batters and walked just two in a one-hit shutout on April 11 against Detroit. In eight career meetings (two starts) with Milwaukee, Cashner is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA.
The Padres went 4-3 against the Brewers last season with a 3-1 mark at Miller Park.