Jean Segura’s freak injury doesn’t hurt Brewers
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter April 26, 2014 11:16PM
Catcher Welington Castillo tags out the Brewers’ Rickie Weeks during the fourth inning Saturday. Castillo hit a two-run homer in the eighth. | Jeffrey Phelps/AP
Updated: May 28, 2014 6:55AM
MILWAUKEE — This is how good the Milwaukee Brewers are: One of their hardest hits of the night came before any of them got to the batter’s box against the Cubs on Saturday night. Ryan Braun whacked shortstop Jean Segura on the side of the face with an errant practice swing in the Brewers’ dugout.
The Brewers beat the Cubs 5-3 anyway to improve on their best-in-baseball start and sent the last-place Cubs to their fourth straight loss.
About the time Segura was helped into the trainer’s room, his replacement, Jeff Bianchi, got a base hit that helped lead to the first run, and about the time Segura’s ambulance pulled up to the hospital where he received several stitches, Bianchi drove in a pair with a third-inning hit.
“They’re a really good team,” said Cubs catcher Welington Castillo, who had a two-run homer in the eighth.
The Brewers said that Segura didn’t suffer a concussion and he is expected to be sidelined for only a few days.
The Cubs didn’t fare as well.
The loss means that the Cubs have not won any of their eight series so far (though they did have a split against woeful Arizona).
“Quite frankly, we still have five months left in the baseball season, and we want to keep pushing it,” manager Rick Renteria said. “There have been worse starts in the game of baseball.”
But not even the Cubs have had one this bad in 17 years, the only time in the last two decades they’ve been worse than 7-16 at this point.