Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/25/13
Nobody can say the Milwaukee Brewers went down without a fight in 2013. In what might have been their most interesting game of the season they overcame a first-inning benches-clearing fracas sparked by Carlos Gomez to record their fourth shutout of the Atlanta Braves 4-0 at Turner Field. Kyle Lohse pitched a gem of a game going the distance for the second time in his last three starts while allowing the Braves just two hits while not issuing a walk in an economical 89-pitch outing. The fireworks popped off quickly in this one. One out into the game Gomez hit a booming solo home run to left off Paul Maholm. Gomez stood and watched the ball fly out initially before starting a slow jog to first base while also yelling at Maholm. As Gomez rounded first he also had words with Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. He continued around second and jawed some more with Maholm as he headed to third. Gomez rounded third and headed for home where he was stopped about 20 feet short of the plate by Braves catcher Brian McCann. Gomez and McCann went nose to nose and both benches and bullpens emptied as a result. The dustup quickly made its way to the backstop with Braves reserve outfielder Reed Johnson going the hardest after Gomez. Khris Davis bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel and first-base coach Garth Iorg eventually were able to separate Gomez and pull him back toward the Brewers dugout in an attempt to cool him down. Both teams eventually parted with the umpires conferring on the resulting consequences. Freeman wound up being ejected as he appeared to charge the hardest initially and made solid contact with Brewers manager Ron Roenicke in the process. Gomez too was ejected with Logan Schafer eventually taking his place in center field. Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez grounded out to end the top of the first and the game resumed in the bottom half with Lohse surrendering a leadoff bunt single to Andrelton Simmons but no more. Gomez’s homer gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead despite Gomez never actually crossing the plate; he never had a chance to once McCann stopped him and the benches emptied. McCann came into the game with a recent history of backing his pitchers -- on Sept. 11 in Miami he confronted Marlins rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez at home plate after he homered to left and admired it a little too long for McCann's liking. As it turns out there is a history between Gomez and Maholm. Gomez was hit by the Braves’ left-hander at Miller Park on July 23 -- the same game Gomez had to leave early after he injured himself robbing Simmons of a homer with a leaping catch at the wall. That run stood up into the fourth when Yuniesky Betancourt – inserted into the game in the third for Ramirez who left with a sore knee – singled moved to third on a Jeff Bianchi single and then scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Sean Halton.
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