The Milwaukee Brewers have become accustomed to poor showings during day games and that trend certainly didn't change Thursday afternoon at Miller Park. This time however they thought they had company in their misery. Let's just say the home team was not particularly pleased with the work of plate umpire Chad Fairchild — and that frustration carried over to the very last pitch of the game. Brewers starter Kyle Lohse who struggled through five innings in the 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs is the first to admit when he doesn't have it. This time however he cited Fairchild as a partner in crime. "Not a whole lot of it was me" said Lohse who threw 100 pitches and allowed seven hits and three runs before exiting. "When you've got an umpire that says your grumpy face is going to cost you some strikes you've got issues. I wasn't as consistent as I wanted to be but I made a lot of really good pitches and I guess I looked funny out there and wasn't going to get the calls." Lohse said Fairchild made the "grumpy face" comment to catcher Martin Maldonado after Nate Schierholtz smacked a 3-1 fastball for a two-run homer in the third inning that gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead. Lohse thought Fairchild missed some pitches that put the count at 3-1. "I've been around long enough; you've got to make pitches" said Lohse who allowed a first-inning homer to Luis Valbuena on a 1-1 slider that wasn't where he wanted it. "The first one to Valbuena I missed location and threw a pitch that came right back in to him. The rest of the day the Schierholtz at-bat there were a couple of pitches that changed the whole complexion of the game really. "When you change the count from 1-2 or 2-2 possibly to 3-1 I'm not going to walk a guy but I'm not getting that low outside corner. I'm going to challenge the guy and I got beat there. I've still got to make a pitch and he put a good swing on it. That changes the ball game right there especially when you've got a guy throwing the ball as well as (Chicago starter Jake Arrieta)." What would have happened had Fairchild made the "grumpy face" comment directly to Lohse instead of his catcher? "I wouldn't have lasted five innings" said Lohse. "I don't think I did anything to show him up. I had a lot of calls that I thought could have gone my way. I got the ball back and tried to make another pitch. Obviously it's frustrating but it's my job to go out there and make pitches. I can't do anything about what's called or not.
Ump makes no friends as Brewers struggle again
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Sep 20