MILWAUKEE -- Kyle Lohse is always one to shoulder the blame when he feels he didn't pitch well, but the veteran right-hander felt home plate umpire Chad Fairchild should share some of the responsibility Thursday afternoon.
According to Lohse, Fairchild told Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado that Lohse's "grumpy face" was going to cost him strikes. The comment was supposedly made after Lohse surrendered a two-run home run to Nate Schierholtz in the third inning of Milwaukee's 5-1 loss.
Lohse felt he had made a couple of good pitches to Schierholtz, but the count was 3-1 when the home run was hit.
"Not a whole lot of it was me," Lohse said of his outing. "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."
Maldonado wisely waited until after Lohse was out of the game to inform him of w...