Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer scored on an infield ground ball in the ninth inning of Saturday afternoon’s 6-1 win against the Cubs. One needs plenty of assistance from the defense to make that happen, and the Cubs were quite enthusiastic about lending a hand.
Shortstop Starlin Castro fielded the ball but made a poor throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The ball skipped away and Rizzo lazily went after it. His mind appeared to be elsewhere as he was looking into the crowd. Schafer used Rizzo’s nonchalance as an opportunity to take third base. A surprised Rizzo fired the ball to no one in particular in the third base area so Schafer waltzed home. In Rizzo’s defense, someone probably should’ve been covering third base. Two errors were issued on the play: one to Castro, and one to Rizzo. If mental errors were issued, the Cubs would’ve had a few more.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun exited Saturday’s game against the Reds in the second inning due to back spasms, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports. Braun struck out in his only at-bat. Logan Schafer replaced him in right field to begin the bottom of the second. Braun is considered day-to-day at the moment.
It’s been an injury-plagued season for Braun, as he has been battling an inflamed nerve in his right thumb all season and he went on the 15-day disabled list at the end of April with an oblique injury. Nevertheless, he has still managed to be productive, slashing .289/.341/.509 with 11 home runs, 49 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
Ryan Braun’s batting practice session at Miller Park today went well and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the former MVP told Brewers coaches that he expects to return from a strained oblique muscle when he’s eligible Tuesday.
Braun has been out since April 26 and has been on the disabled list since May 3. Before being shut down he hit .318 with six homers and a .952 OPS in 22 games.
In his absence the Brewers have recently used Caleb Gindl as their primary right fielder, although Logan Schafer got the start there yesterday. And they have a 4-6 record without Braun so far.