MLB bans two Brewers, two Bucs for altercation

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Major League Baseball has suspended four players for the role in the altercation that took place Milwaukee Brewers-Pittsburgh Pirates clash Sunday at PNC Park.

For Milwaukee, catcher Martin Maldonado received a five-game suspension while Carlos Gomez was suspended for three.

Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider was suspended for two games and catcher Russell Martin received a one-game suspension.

Maldonado’s suspension began Tuesday night Gomez, Snider and Martin all opted to appeal, and they were in their respective starting lineups for tonight’s Pirates-Reds and Brewers-Padres games.

Gomez, Snider and Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected following the benches-clearing fight, which occurred in the third inning.

This marked the second time in as many seasons that Gomez was ejected for an incident that took place after an opponent took exception to something he did on the field.

Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole gave up the triple to Gomez in Milwaukee’s eventual 14-inning, 3-2 win.

After Gomez hit the drive, he tossed his bat and started running to first base — first slowly, and then more rapidly when it became clear that the ball wasn’t going to clear the fence.

Gomez reached third on the play, and Cole walked nearby to retrieve the baseball from third baseman Josh Harrison.

He allegedly scolded Gomez for not immediately running out of the batter’s box and things escalated from there. Snider sustained a black eye when he was punched by Maldonado.

“I’m not apologizing for nothing I did [Sunday],” Gomez said after the game. “This is my job; I’ve been doing it for eight years like that. They know I play like that. It’s not to disrespect nobody.”

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