The Milwaukee Brewers lost for the 11th time in 12 games on Saturday afternoon, dropping a lopsided 10-2 ballgame to the St. Louis Cardinals. That means that after leading the NL Central by 6 1/2 games just 12 days ago, Milwaukee is now tied atop the division with St. Louis.
Needless to say, this has been a difficult stretch for the Brewers on many different levels, and one awkward moment during Saturday's game summed up their struggles perfectly.
Already trailing 8-1 against Adam Wainwright in the fifth inning — which is a worst case scenario even for the 1927 Yankees — All-Star Carlos Gomez came to bat with a runner on second and a mindset that he was somehow going to hit a game-tying seven-run homer. Naturally, Wainwright used Gomez's aggression against him, striking him out with a filthy curveball on a 2-2 pitch.
Though Wainwright had an "off day" in the strikeout department, fanning only four Brewers over seven innings, there's really no shame in being outclassed by the former 20-game winner. However, Gomez's strikeout actually paled in comparison to his failed attempt to break his bat over his leg.
Bat 3, Carlos Gomez 0 (F)
That result would lead us to believe the bat wasn't the problem in that at-bat.
Then again, Gomez's bat-breaking technique appeared to be a little off. You definitely want to go lower on the leg, closer to the knee to get full impact. Gomez went much higher, and not surprisingly had to settle for the bat and helmet slam.
A disappointing result, but perhaps the technique was by design to prevent him from breaking his own kneecap. He definitely had the necessary force behind it, and we're guessing he has a couple nice bruises to support that.
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