It’s still an A+, but there’s something downright bizarre about the 6 games this season between the Brewers and Braves. The Brewers shut out the Braves again last night. That makes four shutouts against the team with the best record in the National League.
Kyle Lohse pitched the best game I have ever seen. It was a nine inning, two-hit, complete game that took Lohse 89 pitches to finish. He dominated in every way. I don’t remember any three ball counts. He had every Braves batter guessing wrong.
It took Lohse a long time to figure out the pitching thing, but he learned and it all came together a few years ago as a Cardinal followed by three excellent and very under appreciated seasons.
The Brewers have him under contract for two more seasons.
And oh by the way, there was a bench clearing brawl in the top of the first inning. It was different from any brawl I’ve ever seen. Carlos Gomez hit a home run and jawed away at Braves pitcher Paul Maholm as he rounded the bases. First baseman Freddi Freeman screamed as Gomez passed him to just run the god damn bases and shut up and then Braves catcher Brian McCann stood as a roadblock and would not let Gomez touch home.
But who cares about all that. It was Lohse’s night. He is one of three Native Americans currently in major league baseball. Jacobi Elsbury of the Red Sox and Joba Chamberlain of the Yankees are the other two.