I don’t think anybody will ever accuse Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez of not speaking his mind, but most of Gomez’s frustrations are usually directed towards the opposition.
That wasn’t the case Saturday evening as the talented center fielder questioned the hustled of his teammate and former National League MVP, Ryan Braun.
Trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning with Braun on second base and Gomez on first, Mark Reynolds hit a single to left field which presumably would have scored Braun, the lead runner.
For whatever reason, Gomez (despite there being two outs) decided to push his luck and attempt to motor into third base. The play was extremely close though replay eventually showed that Gomez was out and was tagged out before Braun crossed home plate.
Because of that, Braun’s run didn’t count and the Brewers eventually lost 2-1.
That lead to an irritated Gomez after the game.
“I’m not even running 100% and I make it there before him,” said Gomez. “If you look at the replay, you’re going to find some answers to this. I run the bases like I do every time. I think he’s supposed to score.”
Gomez’s aggressive base running will always be applauded, though it needs to be done tactically and the last thing you want to do is make the third out at third base with zero incentive (outside of a wild pitch) between being on second and third base in this scenario.
Of course, as Gomez said, it’s a situation that could have been avoided if Braun was running at full speed, though fresh off an injury, the former MVP may not have been 100 percent.