MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Arms turned upward near his waist, Chris Heisey
looked lost as the fly ball bounced a couple of feet away on the warning
One play like that in a game can be tough enough for an outfielder.
But it was the second misjudged ball in left Monday night for the
normally sure-handed Cincinnati Reds outfielder.
Milwaukee scored three runs on the two plays, and Wily Peralta
pitched seven strong innings in the Brewers' 5-2 victory to hand sloppy
Cincinnati its fourth straight loss.
Ryan Braun hit a two-run double in the third on which Heisey took a
couple of steps in before retreating as the high liner went over his
head. The four-year veteran with 134 career starts in left field lost
Carlos Gomez's high fly to the warning track in the fourth inning that
turned into an RBI ground-rule double that made it 4-0.
"Tonight was just one of those nights where I didn't have a very good day," Heisey said.
Peralta (11-6) allowed three hits in seven strong innings, including
Billy Hamilton's solo homer. Francisco Rodriguez threw a 1-2-3 ninth for
his 29th save.
Cincinnati's Mat Latos (2-2) gave up four earned runs and eight hits in seven innings.
It could have been a much closer game had Heisey made those two plays in left.
"There were some things that if they would have happened slightly
different, they could have changed the outcome of the game," manager
Bryan Price said. "But, we didn't earn a win today."
The lights were on at Miller Park for an evening game that started under overcast skies, though Heisey offered no excuses.
"As an outfielder, all you can do is trust your instincts," he said.
"Off the bat, it looked like it was a sinking liner and it just hit
another gear and got over my head."
After losing Gomez's fly in the fourth, Heisey tried to reach for the
ball as it bounced over the wall. Jean Segura scored from second on a
play that could have gotten Latos out of the inning.
"I ended up running to a perfect spot, just couldn't pick the ball
back up when I turned my head," Heisey said. "It just disappeared into
the bluish-white sky. I couldn't find the ball."
Gomez then scored on an error by Donald Lutz, subbing for the injured Joey Votto at first base.
An errant relay throw by second baseman Ramon Santiago in third allowed Segura, who had tripled, to score.
Segura went 2 for 3 with two runs scored. He threw Latos out at the plate trying to score from third on a high, slow chopper.
"He swung the bat really well today and made two fantastic plays
defensively," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Great game for him. He looks
really good out there."
The Reds lost again after resuming the
season with a three-game sweep by the New York Yankees. Price was
ejected Monday in the sixth inning by home plate umpire David Rackley
after Devin Mesoraco got into a heated argument over a called third
strike on a checked swing.
The frustration started for the Reds after Price said he thought Braun wasn't called for a checked-swing strike earlier in the game.
"It just seemed in that series of events, those calls were all going against us. I didn't care for that," Price said.
Peralta, a right-hander with a fastball in the high-90s, overcame an early bout of wildness to win his second straight decision.
NOTES: Reds OF Jay Bruce, in an
0-for-15 slump, got the night off. ... The last four homers hit by
Hamilton have come against the Brewers. ... A kitchen fire at a Miller
Park restaurant early Monday morning left the restaurant, escalators,
elevators and a few other areas in left field unusable because of water
damage. ... Cincinnati's Homer Bailey (8-5) opposes Milwaukee's Jimmy
Nelson (1-1) on Tuesday night.
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