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Despite low on-base percentage, Gomez hits second

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After batting center fielder Carlos Gomez in the No. 8 spot in the lineup for two games, manager Ron Roenicke had him back in the No. 2 hole Monday night in the Brewers' 4-3 win over the Padres.

Gomez, who has had trouble getting on base throughout his career, actually had better at-bats out of the No. 8 spot in the lineup, showing more plate discipline. But Roenicke noted the other choices were not good.

"It's more who else do we put at second?" Roenicke said before Gomez went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. "He's had some very good games hitting second, also. Whether we hit him second or we hit him eighth, it's the approach.

"If he has the same approach, I think he should do the same thing in the second hole -- which he has a few times. It's hard to say."

Right fielder Corey Hart batted second most of the time last season. However, Hart missed all of spring training with an oblique strain, began the season on the 15-day disabled list and has struggled to find his stroke. He is batting a mere .176 with no RBI through 10 games.

"If we had a prototypical second hitter that had a .400, .380 on-base percentage, that's who would be hitting second," Roenicke said. "If Corey's locked in, then maybe that's Corey. I know he did that last year. Then maybe he'd be in that slot."

Hart came out for early batting practice with hitting coach Dale Sveum and said he was working "on a lot of stuff." He went 1-for-4 in the win over the Padres.

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