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Thursday's Frosty Mug: Fracases, Melees and Brouhahas

We're discussing a great performance on an ugly night in Atlanta in today's roundup of all things Brewers.

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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:

Let's wrap up the Braves series with a look at this week's home runs, with help from Hit Tracker:

Day Player Distance
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 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:

Team W L GB Today Time Matchup
Cardinals 94 65 -- OFF
Pirates 91 68 3 OFF
Reds 90 69 4 OFF
Brewers 71 87 22.5 @ NYM 6:10p Johnny Hellweg v Dillon Gee
Cubs 66 93 28 OFF

Today in former Brewers:

Today in baseball economics:

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.

Drink up.