Gomez upbeat amid slow start

A match-up against Braves sinkerballer Derek Lowe gave the Brewers a good reason to give their two lightning rods a rest.

Center fielder Carlos Gomez entered Tuesday 1-for-15 since he homered in his first at-bat of the season, and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt was 2-for-15 in 2011, even after collecting two hits in Monday’s home opener. Both were on the bench Tuesday night, Gomez in favor of Nyjer Morgan (15-for-28 lifetime against Lowe entering play) and Betancourt in favor of Craig Counsell (10-for-28).

“I’ll be honest,” Gomez said. “You wait five months for the start of a season, and last season for me was up and down, up and down. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time, to have the opportunity again to be the starting center fielder, and I feel kind of excited. Too excited.

“I feel good at the plate, but when you’re excited, you chase too many pitches. I’m not afraid. The way I’m feeling, I know I’m going to give good at-bats, get on base more. Get into a normal routine. Everybody right now is like that. Everybody is so excited and overdoing it.

“Like [Monday’s home opener], we scored one run. This lineup is too good to do that, too much speed, power. We see the adrenaline in the dugout in the clubhouse, and everybody wants to do something. These four games are over, and we’re going to be dangerous, I’m telling you. We’ll get there. There’s no panic. I’m ready for it.”


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