TORONTO -- An unfavorable matchup moved first baseman Mark Reynolds to the Brewers' bench Wednesday at the same time he was sitting on a rare home run drought.
Tuesday's 0-for-3 game against the Blue Jays was Reynolds' 25th consecutive contest -- 21 starts and four games off the bench -- without a home run, matching the longest power outing of his career. He also had 25 straight homerless games in 2010, when he was in the midst of a 32-homer season for the D-backs.
Reynolds ranks second on the team this season with 13 home runs, and he has hit 198 since 2008, trailing only Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Adam Dunn and Prince Fielder. During his current 25-game drought, Reynolds has only three doubles.
"I'm not concerned about the homers, but squaring up balls more," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I like him out there all the time because of his defense. He's done an unbelievable job for us that way. Most of the time, I'd have him out there [on Wednesday]."
But Reynolds was not out there because he is 0-for-16 with eight strikeouts in his career against Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. That was too significant a number of at-bats for Roenicke, who started regular catcher Jonathan Lucroy at first base instead. Martin Maldonado handled the catching.
"We wanted to keep Luc in the lineup, but also giving him a day off [catching]," Roenicke said. "He's comfortable over there, and I know physically it's a lot easier."