Gomez earns another start in center field

Gomez earns another start in center field

MILWAUKEE -- With the impact he had on the Brewers' recent road trip, Carlos Gomez earned yet another start in center field on Monday against the Reds.

Gomez got the day off Sunday in San Francisco in favor of rookie Lorenzo Cain, who had been the Brewers' starting center fielder for much of August and early September. On Monday, though, manager Ken Macha went back to Gomez for his sixth start in seven games.

"I didn't want to forget about Cain, but Gomez has been impacting the games," Macha said. "So I just put Cain in there yesterday and get Gomez back in there today. ... He basically won the game in Houston the last day and then had a tremendous impact on one of the games in San Francisco that we won.

"So he's earned the playing time."

Gomez batted .400 on the road trip, collecting eight hits in 20 at-bats along with four stolen bases and a pair of RBIs. With Cain struggling, Macha gave Gomez as many starts in those six games as he had in the club's previous 40 contests.

As for his other right-handed center fielder, Macha opted not to give any evaluation of Cain.

"You can take either sample size on both sides of the line of demarcation and try to determine what is going to be relevant on down the line," Macha said. "So let's hold off on drawing a conclusion.

"I'm not going to make the statement that the league has figured him out."