Gomez striving to be everyday player
Struggling outfielder wants to be in lineup on daily basis
MILWAUKEE -- When the Brewers brought Carlos Gomez in from Minnesota, he was expected to be the club's everyday center fielder. Despite his recent struggles, that's still his goal.
"I want to play everyday no matter what happens at the plate," Gomez said. "Everybody knows when they signed me that I was supposed to be the everyday center fielder."
Brewers manager Ken Macha sees the potential in Gomez, but he has had a hard time keeping him in the lineup lately with his struggles at the plate.
For now, it appears as though Gomez will start against left-handed pitching and veteran center fielder Jim Edmonds will get the nod against righties. Like Gomez, though, Macha would like Gomez to improve to the point of facing both right-handers and southpaws.
"The plan was for [Gomez] to face right-handers also," Macha said. "After he came off the DL and Jimmy was on the DL, he played against right-handers and he struggled.
"So hopefully we'll get him to the point where he can be an everyday guy."
For Gomez, the situation is much like the one he faced in Minnesota last season before the Twins traded him to the Brewers.
Gomez struggled to find playing time in a crowded outfield that featured three young outfielders in Delmon Young, Denard Span, and Gomez. According to Gomez, the one benefit of moving to the National League this season is being able to pinch-hit or enter as part of a double switch in any game.
Even with that, however, Gomez is not excited about the situation he's faced with.
"I don't want to be in this situation every year," Gomez said. "I'm only 24 years old, and it's happened to me two years in a row now. But they know what I can do if I play everyday. Good things can happen."
Parra recalls perfect game in Minors
MILWAUKEE -- Three years ago this weekend, Brewers lefty Manny Parra had the best performance of his professional career when he tossed a perfect game for Triple-A Nashville.
In his second Pacific Coast League start, Parra retired 27 consecutive batters for the Sounds on June 25, 2007. Current Brewers bullpen coach Stan Kyles remembers the game well, as he was serving as the Sounds' pitching coach at the time.
"It was the most dominating performance I've ever seen," Kyles said. "He had 11 strikeouts, no balls were put in play hard, and it was just the best performance I've seen on the mound up close and personal. It was really impressive."
What made the perfect game even more impressive was the way Parra's bullpen session had gone prior to the game.
After struggling in his previous outing, Parra was not confident in his stuff as he warmed up. Once he reached the mound, however, everything changed.
"I remember when I was out in the bullpen, thinking it was going to be a struggle out there that day," Parra said. "But when I got out to the mound, everything started going my way.
There was one ball, hit about five feet fair toward third, but just before reaching the bag it rolled foul. That was the one where I was like, 'Wow, this could really happen.'"
Parra's perfect game was the first thrown in the PCL since the Sounds' John Wasdin did so on April 7, 2003.
"It's something I never expected would happen to me," Parra said. "I've always said I was not the kind of pitcher that would ever throw a no-hitter or perfect game because I tend to give up a lot of hits. That day, though, everything just came together for me."
Coffey needs time to freshen up to bigs
MILWAUKEE -- Only time can help Brewers reliever Todd Coffey get back to the point he was at before going on the disabled list June 6.
Coffey struggled Tuesday in his first outing since returning, allowing two runs to score on two hits, as he did not record an out over three batters faced.
"The first one, probably, he doesn't want to rehash that one," said Milwaukee skipper Ken Macha. "[Saturday], he had a little lapse on covering first base, so that wasn't good. Otherwise, he would've had a 1-2-3 inning. He threw the ball good."
Though he made just one rehab appearance with Triple-A Nashville before returning, Coffey did not believe any additional time with the Sounds would have made a difference.
According to Coffey, pitching in the Minor Leagues does not do nearly as much as getting back into a pressure situation in the Majors after three weeks off.
"The first outing was a little shaky, but it was the first time I was really competitive in almost 20 days," Coffey said. "Yesterday was definitely a step forward. I feel like I'm getting back on track.
"It's not about the feeling off the mound down there, it's about the feeling off the mound up here against big league hitters. It's just going to take time. I took 20 days off, so it's just going to take some time to get comfortable again."
Brewers unveil top moment of 1980s
MILWAUKEE -- With nearly 40 percent of the vote, Cecil Cooper's two-run single in Game 5 of the 1982 ALCS against the Angels was selected as the top Brewers moment from the 1980s in fan and media voting.
Fittingly, all fans in attendance on Sunday received a bobblehead commemorating the hit.
Cooper's game-winning hit gave the Brewers the American League pennant and advanced the club to its first World Series in franchise history.
Behind Cooper's single, it was a close race for second place, as two moments from the 1987 season were decided by just 2.2 percent of the vote.
Dale Sveum's walk-off home run on Easter Sunday, which extended the Brewers' win streak to 12 games to open the season, edged out Juan Nieves' no-hitter, which came just four days earlier.
The unveiling of the Top 3 moments from the 1980s occurred at 1 p.m. CT on broadcasts and in Miller Park. The same process will occur for the '90s and 2000s, with separate polls and reveals for each decade.
On Sept. 3, the polls will open again at Brewers.com and fans will be asked to vote for their Top 3 moments in Brewers history from the group of Top 12 "finalist" moments (Top 3 moments from each decade).
Veteran center fielder Jim Edmonds celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday. ... With his appearance on Saturday, Trevor Hoffman moved into a tie for 11th place on the all-time games pitched list. ... Sunday is the Brewers' final Interleague contest of 2010. Despite going 5-10 last season and just 92-106 in the history of Interleague Play, Milwaukee entered Sunday's contest with an 8-6 record against the AL this season and is guaranteed a winning record for the sixth time since Interleague Play began in 1997 -- the first time since 2007.
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.