MILWAUKEE -- If Brewers manager Ron Roenicke were Commissioner for a day, he would change the way official scorers account for hits that bounce past a diving defender.
Right-hander Shaun Marcum was burned by such a play in Friday's win over the Padres. In the top of the third inning, San Diego shortstop Evereth Cabrera hit a line drive that snuck under center fielder Carlos Gomez's glove and bounced all the way to the wall for an inside-the-park home run.
It was one of three earned runs against Marcum, whose ERA rose slightly to 3.50.
"That's a real tough play," Roenicke said. "I do know one thing, I wish they would change the scoring on it. It's absolutely ridiculous, the way we score that play. There's no way Marcum should get an earned run for that ball."
Roenicke made clear later that he was not criticizing longtime official scorer Tim O'Driscoll. Rather, he was calling for a mechanism by which a scorer is empowered to deem a run unearned, even when it does not involve an error.
"It is what it is," Marcum said. "I don't think you can charge a guy an error for hustling and giving a great effort trying to make a diving catch. It's one of those things that happens, I'm not upset at 'Go-Go' or anything like that. He's trying to make a play for me."