Gennett was ejected after slamming his bat after a strikeout Friday, and as the team didn't have a reserve infielder left on the bench, Carlos Gomez had to come in and play second. Manager Ron Roenicke didn't use Gennett at all Saturday and kept him out of the starting lineup Sunday, though the second baseman did enter the game in the seventh inning and finished 1 for 2.
Gennett is 2 for 15 with seven strikeouts and has been hit twice by pitches. The Brewers are heavy underdogs (+165) against the Cardinals Monday.
Lucroy is getting a break from starting Sunday after opening the season just 1 for 20, and
"Luc has had some good at-bats," Roenicke said Sunday. "He stayed on a breaking ball and hit a bullet to second yesterday. The day before he lined out to short. So he’s had some good at-bats. The first couple days he was lost, then he started swinging the bat again. I like what he’s doing."
With Lucroy out of the lineup, Jean Segura will move to the No. 2 slot, and the manager indicated that Segura's early-season performance made his choice for the spot easy.
"The way he’s been swinging it, yeah," Roenicke said. "Other than that, I don’t what I would have done. Sometimes you slip in a Khris Davis or somebody else. But Seggy, the way he’s swinging, he’s perfect."
Gennett is out of the lineup for the second straight game after getting ejected Friday for slamming his bat to the ground on a called strike three when the team had no backup infielders on the bench.
The Brewers are favorites (-120) against the Pirates Sunday.
"I don't need [an explanation], I know why," Gennett said to MLB.com. "I let my frustrations get the best of me last night, and I apologize. I kind of lost track of how many guys we had left on the bench. That's something I don't really focus on; I focus more on hitting the ball. The one thing I felt worse about was doing that to my team."
Both players have platooned for most of their careers, only matching up against right-handers.
"It’s probably going to be pitcher by pitcher," Roenicke said, per the Journal Sentinel. "They’ll show me whether they should stay in there or we should make a chance. So if it’s a really tough left-hander on a lefty, I probably wouldn’t do this."
Gomez and Gennett were competing throughout camp to see who would end up as the leadoff hitter in the lineup. Gomez has hit leadoff in 106 of 148 games, posting a .276/.356/.488 slash line with 20 home runs and 50 RBI.
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|vs Lackey (Career)||3||2||0||1.000||.667||.667|
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|2011||AFA-Brevard County Manat||134||556||74||167||20||6||9||51||27||69||11||10||.334||.406||.300|
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