MILWAUKEE — Brewers RHP Kyle Lohse thought umpire Chad Fairchild's strike zone hurt him Thursday in a 5-1 loss to the Cubs, then was angered when he said a comment by Fairchild was passed on to him after he left the game.
Lohse gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings, with 62 strikes in 100 pitches.
"Not a whole lot of it was me," Lohse said. "When you have an umpire that says your grumpy face is going to cost you strikes, you've got issues. I wasn't as consistent as I want 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 C Martin Maldonado after Nate Schierholtz hit a 3-and-1 fastball for a two-run homer in the third. Lohse thought Fairchild missed some pitches on that at-bat. Lohse said he learned of the comment after he finished the fifth.
"I didn't hear it firsthand or I wouldn't have lasted five innings," Lohse said. "Luckily, they didn't tell me until later. I don't think I did anything to show him up. I had a lot of calls that I thought could have went my way. I can't do anything about what is called or not, but it's just hard to adjust to something that's inconsistent."
Reporters did not speak with Fairchild after the game.
Angels: RHP Jered Weaver was scratched from tonight's start against the Mariners because of right forearm tightness. Matt Shoemaker, 26, will make his major-league debut. He was 11-13 at Triple-A Salt Lake this season. Weaver is expected to make his next scheduled start.
Astros: All-Star C Jason Castro had a cyst removed from his right knee and is expected to begin offseason workouts soon.
Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez threw a bullpen session and is expected to start Sunday against the Angels after being sidelined since Sept. 2 with an oblique strain.
Mets: All-Star 3B David Wright is expected back tonight after missing seven weeks with a strained right hamstring.
Rockies: 1B Todd Helton pulled off the hidden ball trick against the Cardinals. After a throw to first, Helton feigned a throw back to the mound and tagged out Matt Carpenter when he stepped off the base.
Tigers: During a victory over the Mariners, 1B Prince Fielder chased a foul ball that dropped near the stands. Before returning to his position, he took what looked like a nacho from a fan and ate it, while receiving a pat on the back from another fan. "Thought about dipping in the cheese, but he might double dip," Fielder said jokingly. "I don't think he even noticed it." … the team's pitchers have 1,323 strikeouts, five more than the club record set last year.
Twins: C Joe Mauer had a workout that left GM Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire optimistic he will play again this season after a concussion.
Yankees: Retiring closer Mariano Rivera was honored on his final trip to Canada. The Blue Jays gave him a carving by Inuit sculptor David Ruben Piqtoukun, depicting Kiviuq, a popular hero in Inuit legends and stories.
Fall ruled suicide: Authorities in Atlanta say the death of a man who fell over a railing at Turner Field has been ruled a suicide. Ronald Lee Homer Jr., 30, of Conyers, Ga., fell about 85 feet from a walkway on the fourth level after a rain delay in an Aug. 12 Braves-Phillies game.