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July 3, 2014

What You Need to Know

Edwin Ends One

by Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman


The Wednesday Takeaway
The Brewers and Blue Jays have been the most surprising division leaders heading into the July 4th weekend, and the two clubs hooked up for their second straight day game on Wednesday to close out their two-game series finale. Replays, manager ejections, and dingers were all recurring themes, with the contest finally decided in the ninth inning with a game-winning blast.

Milwaukee pushed across the first run of the game in the top of the first after Carlos Gomez singled home Jonathan Lucroy, who had ripped a double earlier in the inning. In the home half of the frame, Jose Bautista connected for a home run off Willy Peralta, making this his second straight games with a dinger after missing over a week with a hamstring strain.


The Brewers took the lead back with three runs in the third inning, which was highlighted by Ryan Braun’s two-run triple that bounced off the glove of a leaping Colby Rasmus at the center field wall. The Jays evened things back up with a run in the bottom of the third inning and a two-run shot by Juan Francisco in the fourth. The clubs remained tied until the ninth inning, with the best scoring opportunity being squandered by Toronto when Darin Mastroianni’s sacrifice bunt attempt with runners at first and second with no outs turned into a 2-6-3 double play. But action did pick up in the eighth inning, when things got heated between the managers and the men in blue.

With one out, Will Smith broke off a slider that struck Toronto's Steve Tolleson on the back foot. As Tolleson fell to the ground, Milwaukee backstop Martin Maldonado appealed to first-base umpire Phil Cuzzi to see whether Tolleson had gone around on his swing. Cuzzi said that Tolleson had held up, and replays clearly backed up his decision. Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke came out of the dugout for clarification on what had happened before having some words with Cuzzi, who proceeded to toss him from the game.

After the game, Roenicke told MLB.com, “I came out just to make sure of what was going on. He said it hit him in the foot and Phil said he didn't swing on it. So I started to turn away and I looked at Phil and I just said, 'You missed it,' and he kicked me out for saying, 'You missed it.' That's a really bad job on Phil's part. If he can't take more than that, then you shouldn't be doing this.”


During the next at-bat, Tolleson took off for second base when Smith bounced a pitch in the dirt. Maldonado recovered well and gunned a throw down to the keystone, but second-base umpire Quinn Wolcott ruled that Tolleson had slid in safely. Jean Segura signaled to the dugout to consider a challenge, and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron appealed the call.

Replays showed that Segura did appear to swipe the back of Tolleson’s leg before he slid headfirst into second, and the call was overturned to the dismay of John Gibbons. The Blue Jays skipper walked out on the field to dispute the ruling despite warnings from home plate umpire Greg Gibson to stay in the dugout, and Gibson had no choice but to eject Gibbons.

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