Some things to read while remembering where you came from.
The Brewers took the lead early, retained their focus through a bench-clearing brawl and emerged from Atlanta with a 4-0 victory last night. morineko has the recap, if you missed it.
Things got ugly in the first inning last night as Carlos Gomez crushed a home run off Paul Maholm, pimped his home run while yelling at Maholm (who hit him in the knee with a pitch earlier this season) and sparked a bench-clearing incident that led to himself, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and catcher Gerald Laird getting ejected. Baseball Nation has more on the event and the various faces Gomez made afterwards.
Surprisingly enough, Braves catcher Brian McCann was not ejected for blocking Gomez from reaching home plate and causing the benches to clear (h/t @Haudricourt). Gomez, for what it's worth, took to Twitter to apologize for letting things escalate.
The worst news out of the whole mess is almost certainly this: Aramis Ramirez tweaked his injured knee in the melee and may miss the season's four remaining games (h/t @Todd_Rosiak). If his season is over, Ramirez will have hit .281/.370/.460 in 2013 but also missed 72 of the team's 162 games.
Unfortunately, the incident drew some attention away from one of the best outings by a starting pitcher this season. Kyle Lohse, who @AdamMcCalvy reports was only expecting to pitch about five innings, instead threw a complete game shutout in his final 2013 outing and allowed just two hits, retiring 20 consecutive batters at one point. He's the first Brewer to throw a complete game shutout in under 100 pitches since Chris Capuano in 2006, and the first to do it in under 90 pitches since Chris Bosio in 1992 (h/t @AndrewGruman).
Other notes from the field:
- Last night's win was Ron Roenicke's 250th with the Brewers. (h/t @AndrewGruman)
- Here are the MLB.com highlights.
Let's wrap up the Braves series with a look at this week's home runs, with help from Hit Tracker:
|Monday||Jonathan Lucroy||370 feet|
|Monday||Carlos Gomez||392 feet|
|Monday||Aramis Ramirez||397 feet|
|Tuesday||Jeff Bianchi||399 feet|
|Wednesday||Carlos Gomez||429 feet|
Adding another bizarre layer to last night's events, yesterday was the Brewers' annual "rookie dress-up" day. Jonathan Lucroy has a picture of everyone in their costumes. The costume budget must've gone through the roof this year.
The rookies got to wear their costumes to New York as the Brewers flew into town to open a four-game series with the Mets tonight. Johnny Hellweg will take on Dillon Gee in the opener, and Adam Berry has the MLB.com preview.
We probably won't see Jean Segura tonight, but he'd still like to play at some point this weekend. He told Adam McCalvy he wants to get back into a game before the end of the year. A majority of voters in this week's BCB Tracking Poll said the Brewers should shut Segura down and look ahead to 2014.
Meanwhile, the season is over for Wily Peralta and he's ok with that. He talked to Adam McCalvy about his up-and-down year.
Scooter Gennett had a couple of hits last night, an especially encouraging development when you consider the Braves had a lefty on the mound. John Sickels of Minor League Ball made Scooter his Prospect of the Day for Wednesday.
In the minors: Congratulations are due out this morning to Helena outfielder Michael Ratterree, pitcher Barrett Astin and catcher Dustin Houle for making Baseball America's list of the top 20 prospects in the Pioneer League.
Let's go around the NL Central:
- The Cardinals are one step closer to clinching the division following a 4-1 win over the Nationals. Matt Adams doubled and homered in the game, scoring two runs.
- The Pirates dropped another game back following a 4-2 loss to the Cubs. Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with three stolen bases to get to 40 on the season. Pittsburgh is now just 40-36 since July 1.
- The Reds failed to take advantage of the opportunity, losing 1-0 to the Mets. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 7.2 scoreless innings for New York.
- The Brewers, as you've been told, beat the Braves.
Here are today's updated standings and probables:
|Brewers||71||87||22.5||@ NYM||6:10p||Johnny Hellweg v Dillon Gee|
Today in former Brewers:
- Royals GM Dayton Moore told the media he'd like to bring back Ned Yost as manager next season.
- Richard Barbieri of The Hardball Times has Robin Yount in center field on his all-decade team for the 1980s.
- Baseball Card Vandals had some fun with a B.J. Surhoff card.
Today in baseball economics:
- The Reds set a new Great American Ball Park record by selling 2.37 million tickets this season. The Brewers have drawn at least that many fans in each of the last seven seasons.
- Tom Tango of The Book Blog asks why MLB doesn't have more billionaire owners.
Today In Brewer History was off this morning, but nullacct is back with a look at Mike Caldwell as the face of the 1984 Brewers.
Now, if you'll excuse me, this is going to take longer than I expected.