Brewers vs. Pirates: Carlos Gomez not in lineup, Elian Herrera leading off

Mike McGinnis

Gomez came out of last night's games with back spasms and does not appear likely to play tonight.

Today's Lineups

PITTSBURGH PIRATES MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Travis Snider - RF Elian Herrera - CF
Neil Walker - 2B Rickie Weeks - 2B
A. McCutchen - CF Ryan Braun - RF
Pedro Alvarez - 3B Jonathan Lucroy - C
Jose Tabata - LF Mark Reynolds - 1B
Ike Davis - 1B Khris Davis - LF
Jordy Mercer - SS Jean Segura - SS
Chris Stewart - C Jeff Bianchi - 3B
F. Liriano - LHP Wily Peralta - RHP

Carlos Gomez has played in every single game for the Brewers in 2014. Wednesday night, that streak will likely come to an end.

Gomez, whose suspension stemming from a fight with the Pirates is still pending, tweaked his back in Tuesday's game and was forced to take an early seat. He's day-to-day, but will not be in the lineup tonight for the Brewers. There's a possibility he can still pinch-hit, but it's more likely that he'll have the night off.

The good news is that Ryan Braun, who also came out of Tuesday's game early, is in the lineup. It was mostly planned that he would not play a full nine innings yesterday in his first action since landing on the DL with an oblique injury two weeks ago. There remains a possibility that Braun will be removed early tonight, as well.

With Milwaukee facing the left-handed Francisco Liriano, the team is loading up on right-handed hitters. Elian Herrera, a switch-hitter, will start in center field and lead-off which, yeeks. He has been on a hot stretch of late, though, and was 2-2 last night so who knows?

Also sitting will be lefty Lyle Overbay as Mark Reynolds moves back to first with Jeff Bianchi at third. Rickie Weeks will also get the opportunity to continue his hot stretch.

Wily Peralta started against the Pirates earlier this year and was pretty awesome. On April 11 he went seven innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits while striking out four. On the season, he has a 2.17 ERA and a 35:9 K:BB ratio. If he can just go ahead and keep that up, life would be swell.

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