Gomez, Johnson to sit 1 game after melee
The Brewers' Carlos Gomez and the Braves' Reed Johnson have each been suspended one game after a benches-clearing argument between their teams.
Gomez was suspended Thursday along with Atlanta's Reed Johnson for one game by Major League Baseball for their actions during the Brewers-Braves game a day earlier. Both players were fined an undisclosed amount.
Gomez accepted his suspension and sat out Thursday night's game against the Mets.
"I send my apologies to everybody in the Braves' organization and to my organization," Gomez said Thursday on the "Grandes en Los Deportes" show on ESPN Radio in the Dominican Republic. "I admit it was somewhat ugly, but I do not regret it because it was the result of something they did to disrespect me.
"When I hit the homer, I said, 'Now we're tied.' And they began to tell me things. When I got to the plate, McCann yelled at me and I told him that this was the result of something they had done."
Johnson was contemplating an appeal, according Braves general manager Frank Wren.
Batting second for the Brewers on Wednesday night in Atlanta, Gomez connected on Paul Maholm's 0-1 pitch in the first inning for a long homer to left-center field. Gomez slammed his bat down and admired the drive in the batter's box before starting a slow trot while shouting at Maholm. Freeman had words for Gomez as he rounded the bag.
Gomez continued shouting toward Maholm, and he pointed at his leg just before he rounded third base -- Maholm hit Gomez in his leg with an 88 mph fastball on June 23.
An irate McCann, catcher's mask resting atop his head, greeted Gomez about 20 feet in front of home plate. Benches and bullpens then emptied, and Johnson, a reserve outfielder, raced out of the dugout and shoved Gomez. Gomez, Johnson, Freeman and reserve catcher Gerald Laird were ejected.
"It was such an unusual situation. Every time you get in a situation like this, in hindsight, there's probably things you wish you would have done differently, and I would say our players probably feel that way as well," Wren said before the Braves hosted the Phillies on Thursday night. "But I think the reaction was probably appropriate for the situation. It was one of the most unique things I've ever seen."
Gomez never finished his trot but was awarded his 23rd homer because of obstruction by McCann.
McCann was furious at Gomez for yelling on his way around the bases, and the catcher stood by his actions on Thursday.
"I thought he showed up our whole team," McCann said. "I did what any catcher would do in that situation -- sticking up for his team."
After the game, Gomez was contrite, and he apologized again Thursday.
"I apologize to people from MLB, to my teammates, my team, the organization and the Braves," he said. "It's not really fun when everything happened like that."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was satisfied with Gomez's apology and was hopeful that the incident wouldn't hinder the NL East champion Braves' final push for best record in the league.
"I don't want our actions to hurt what the Braves are doing." Roenicke said.
Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez aggravated a left knee injury during the scrum and was not in the lineup Thursday.
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