Gomez starts war, but Braves bats go silent in 4-0 loss to Brewers

Scott Cunningham

Carlos Gomez enraged Braves players, but Atlanta managed just two hits against Kyle Lohse, and he needed just 89 pitches for a complete-game shutout.

Amidst the fracas that started the game was Atlanta getting shut out by Milwaukee for the fourth time, and 17th time overall; Kyle Lohse performed the honors, hurling a complete game 4-0 win. The loss dropped the Braves one-half game behind St. Louis for the NL's best record.

The trouble started once Carlos Gomez hit a long first-inning home run. Instead of simply putting his head down and jogging around the bases, Gomez decided to take the low road. He flipped the bat and started jawing at Paul Maholm all around the basepath, presumably regarding the series in Milwaukee when Maholm hit Gomez with a pitch. Freddie Freeman yelled at Gomez rounding first base and when he arrived at home plate, Gomez met an incensed Brian McCann, and that's when the scrum ensued. Both benches emptied with Gomez's teammates trying to keep him as far away from the white jerseys as possible; had they not, the situation would've certainly escalated. As a result, Gomez was ejected, as were Freeman and Gerald Laird. Freeman's ejection was puzzling, as he did nothing to merit it, but it left the Braves without their most reliable bat in the lineup.

Freeman or no, Atlanta's offense was anemic, managing all of two hits against Lohse, who needed only 89 pitches to finish the Braves off.

Milwaukee increased its lead to 2-0 on Sean Halton's sacrifice fly in the fourth. Lohse retired 20 straight Braves following Andrelton Simmons' bunt single in the first inning.

Norichika Aoki added RBI hits in the seventh and ninth. Maholm struck out seven in seven innings.

Here's video of the first-inning incident.

Win Expectancy Chart

Source: FanGraphs

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