ShareThis Page

3 ejected after Pirates, Brewers brawl

| Sunday, April 20, 2014, 2:39 p.m.

Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole was in the center of everything Sunday, including a third-inning brawl.

Cole allowed just one run over a career-high eight innings. The 23-year-old right-hander also played a role in a brawl that led to three ejections, including that of Brewers star Carlo Gomez.

The Pirates' collective frustrations were begging to rise to a boil as they entered the day two games below .500, an area they had not resided in since the middle of April last season. Moreover, the Pirates have struggled against the Brewers this season losing five of their first six games against the Brewers entering Sunday.

In the third inning, Cole had seen enough.

The brawl started when Gomez smashed a Cole offering with two outs in the third inning. Gomez thought he had homered. He admired the shot for a moment and flipped his bat before slowly jogging to first. But the ball smashed high off the center-field wall. Gomez slid into third with a triple.

As Gomez brushed himself off. Cole walked over toward third and barked at him, prompting outrage from Gomez, who walked toward Cole. The bullpens and benches cleared, and the melee spilled into left field.

Gomez had to be restrained from chasing after Cole, who walked back toward the mound after offering Gomez his opinion on on-field decorum.

Pirates outfielder Travis Snider, who wasn't in the starting lineup, walked toward Gomez, and Gomez appeared to try to swing his batting helmet at Snider, though Gomez's arm was restricted by a fellow Brewer. Snider then rushed toward Gomez, flipping him as Gomez awkwardly landed on his neck on the infield dirt. Snider was then grabbed by Brewers second baseman and appeared to be punched in the head by Brewers backup catcher Martin Maldonado.

Gomez, Snider and Brewers coach Jerry Narron were ejected. Maldonado, who injured Jordy Mercer on an aggressive slide Friday, wasn't ejected.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.