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By Andrew Wagner

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MILWAUKEE -- A bad stretch on the field turned tragic off it Friday night for the Milwaukee Brewers, who moments after their 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals learned that the 9-month-old son of shortstop Jean Segura, Janniel, died in the Dominican Republic.

Milwaukee blew a 6-0 lead to extend its losing streak to a season-high six games. Afterward, reporters waited 20 minutes before manager Ron Roenicke, visibly shaken, came into a media auditorium at Miller Park and said he would not take any questions nor would the clubhouse be open due to a death in one of the player's families.

Saturday morning, Roenicke explained the situation.

"(Segura's) mom and uncle are here," Roenicke said. "We got word at the end of the game through his mom to one of the wives, and then the wife to her husband, and then to Seggy.

"So, obviously it's tough on him. He didn't learn about it until after the game was over and one of the players came over and told him."

Roenicke said that the child had been ill, but was not sure how long or how serious the situation was.

Center fielder Carlos Gomez, like Segura a native of the Dominican Republic and speaking on behalf of his teammates, said the mood in the clubhouse was understandably somber.

"Today we feel like everybody wants to stay home," said Gomez, a father of two young sons. "But it's a job. We have to finish (the first half). We'll come here for him and play hard, and get a 'W' today."

Gomez said he came out of the shower after Friday's game and saw Segura in tears in front of his locker.

"I went up and asked him what's happening. He said, 'My child passed away,' " Gomez said. "When everybody found out what's going on, it's tough.

"I didn't have any details but I didn't want to ask him last night. I didn't want to talk too much. We just gathered around him and gave him support, and talked to him a little bit."

An All-Star a year ago, Segura, 24, has struggled all season. In 88 games, Segura has a .232 average and is just 4-for-33 (.121) at the plate in nine games this month.

He has been placed on Major League Baseball's bereavement list and the Brewers recalled utility infielder Elian Herrera from Triple-A Nashville.

Roenicke did not know how long Segura would be gone. After wrapping up the first half Sunday against St. Louis, the Brewers return to action Friday in Washington against the Nationals.

"He'll just have to make a decision where he's at and what he feels like," Roenicke said. "It's different with everybody. Some guys might feel like, 'Hey, I need to get back and I need to play,' and some other guys just can't do it."

Herrera arrived at Miller Park in time for the Brewers' game Saturday against right-hander Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals, who closed to within a game of the Brewers in the National League Central. 

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