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Lopez injures arch of foot

Brewers second baseman Felipe Lopez injured the arch of his right foot during the Brewers’ frenetic ninth-inning rally on Tuesday, a potential blow to a team already tumbling out of the postseason hunt.

“We’re just going to come out here [Wednesday] and see how it feels,” Lopez said after the Brewers’ 13-inning, 8-6 loss to the Reds. He said he did not need x-rays.

Lopez went 4-for-5 in the game — his third four-hit night since a July trade from Arizona to Milwaukee — including a solo home run in the third inning and an infield hit in the ninth. Lopez later scored from second base on Ryan Braun’s single to center field but left the game immediately afterward.

“I touched third, and on the next step, I felt something,” Lopez said. “The doc said it was all right. We’ll see tomorrow.”

Lopez has started each of the Brewers’ last 29 games. Since the trade, he is hitting .370 (50-for-135) with two home runs and 17 RBIs. 

Lopez atones: Hustle sets tone for Brewers rout

On Wednesday, Brewers second baseman Felipe Lopez drew boos from the Miller Park after dropping what should have been an inning-ending pop-up. Two days before that, he let two ground balls get by. A little more than a week before that, he failed to run hard to first base.

On Thursday, Lopez’s hustle was perhaps the key to the Brewers’ blowout win.

Lopez beat out a ground ball to first base leading off the bottom of the first inning and his dash sparked an eight-run inning. Had Lopez not hustled out of the box, Ryan Braun’s home run two batters later would have been a solo shot, and Prince Fielder’s strikeout that followed would have ended the inning with the Brewers ahead, 1-0. Instead, the two batters following Fielder worked walks and the Brewers went on to open an 8-0 lead against Houston left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.

“Everybody got excited,” Lopez said. “It kind of gave everybody a little energy, and that’s nice.”

Brewers manager Ken Macha had a brief — very brief — chat with Lopez before batting practice on Friday and essentially reminded the player to hustle. Was that in the back of Lopez’s mind in the first inning?

“No,” Lopez said, “because what we talk about stays in here. We just go out and perform.”

What did Macha think?

“[The chat] probably had no effect. No effect at all,” Macha said. “When he came in, everybody was saying, ‘Way to hustle.’ That maybe put a little underline, that’s all. He came out and played a good game today. That comes from within him. He did a good job, set the tone, and we ended up with eight runs in that inning.”

Postgame thoughts: Rivera, Fielder, Lopez

Some quick hits after a long game:

- The fans who have been pining for Brewers backup catcher Mike Rivera to start more often will get their wish on Friday. Manager Ken Macha intends to start Rivera for a second straight game when Yovani Gallardo takes the mound against the Astros at Miller Park.

And why not? Rivera, who has been with the Brewers all season but only had 63 at-bats before Thursday, belted a pair of home runs and drove in four as Milwaukee beat up on, then held off the Padres to salvage a win in the series finale. Macha wouldn’t commit past Friday, but the sense was that Rivera, who provides some pop to an offense that, outside of Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Mike Cameron has little, could see more playing time over the final six weeks.

“It’s great,” Rivera said. “I’ve been waiting for this for two years so I’m trying to do my best every time that I’m out there.”

- Speaking of Fielder, he joined Rivera in Thursday’s multi-home run club but wouldn’t emerge from the dining room — off-limits to reporters — to talk about his big day. It would be too bad if last week’s Dodger Stadium experience prompts Fielder to shut out the media.

- Felipe Lopez was just as difficult to locate, but Macha will be seeking him out on Friday. Lopez forgot his fundamentals and dropped what should have been an inning-ending pop-up in the eighth on Thursday, which in turn forced the Brewers to use closer Trevor Hoffman in what once had been a 9-0 game. Macha was similarly puzzled on Tuesday, when Lopez — who, in his defense, has made some terriffic plays at second base and has also been playing through some hamstring issues — couldn’t get to a pair of ground balls.

“One thing about our players is they run every ball out hard, for the most part,” Macha said. “There are a few lapses. That will be a topic of discussion, probably, tomorrow.”

Lopez declined to answer questions on Tuesday. On Thursday, a club official could not find him in the clubhouse.

Is Lopez playing hurt?

Brewers manager Ken Macha seemed a bit baffled by the two ground balls that eluded second baseman Felipe Lopez in Tuesday’s 13-6 loss to the Padres at Miller Park, and Lopez, who has otherwise been excellent since a trade from Arizona to Milwaukee last month, didn’t provide any clarity. Asked by a reporter whether he would answer a question, Lopez simply pointed toward the clubhouse dining room and then walked that way. A team spokesman followed, but Lopez declined to talk to reporters.

So what happened? Is Lopez, who has had hamstring issues this year, playing hurt? Or did he just have a bad night?

Macha wasn’t sure, but said Lopez appeared “disturbed” when he couldn’t get to an Adrian Gonzalez hit in the fifth inning with the teams were tied at 2. Lopez broke to his right and was only a step away from the ball when it bounced past him into center field.

“The fans kind of reacted to that,” Macha said. “I think he was a little disturbed he didn’t get that, either. … I didn’t ask him. He appeared to be disturbed when the ball went through to center field. Maybe he didn’t think he had a chance for it, and then when he got closer to it, he laid up a little bit and realized he did have a chance for it.”

Lopez broke to his left in the first inning for a Chase Headley hit that got through. He didn’t attempt to dive for that hit, either.

Lopez has battled injuries to both hamstrings this season. Are they the issue?

“Not that I’m aware of,” Macha said.

Home fans will have to wait for Lopez

If Felipe Lopez makes his home Brewers debut tonight, it won’t be as a member of the starting lineup. The recent acquisition is out of the lineup for the second straight game, probably because of his sore hamstring.

So Jason Kendall will make his eighth start of the year in the leadoff hole. Here are the full lineups:

BRAVES
Nate McLouth  CF
Martin Prado  2B
Chipper Jones  3B
Brian McCann  C
Yunel Escobar  SS
Garret Anderson  LF
Matt Diaz  RF
Casey Kotchman  1B
Javier Vazquez  RHP

BREWERS
Jason Kendall  C
Craig Counsell  2B
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Mike Cameron  CF
Corey Hart  RF
J.J. Hardy  SS
Manny Parra  LHP

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