Monday night the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Cincinnati Reds 6-3, while trying to get back on track in the NL Central.
The Brewers have been trying to catch the Cubs for first place, and are currently 5.5 games behind in second place. Recently the team hasn't been doing so great as they have gone 3-7 the last ten games and have lost two straight.
Bronson Arroyo was on the mound for the Reds and helped out his own cause with a fifth inning double that plated Jay Bruce and Jolbert Cabrera. Bruce hit a two-run home run and Joey Votto hit a two-run single to account for the Reds. The Brewers got their runs from Ryan Braun and Mike Cameron each hitting solo shots and a Cory Hart RBI single.
The real story came in the seventh inning when pitcher Manny Parra left the game for a pinch hitter and as he walked to the dugout first baseman Prince Fielder walked up to him and they exchanged words. Fielder then pushed Parra twice before the team could pull him away.
Although it was not clear what was said, manager Ned Yost said after the game “If you want to know what happened or what transpired—blow-by-blow or what words were said—I’m sorry, you’re not going to know, It’s private. It’s between us, and it’s not a big deal. And it’s not the first time it ever happened, and it won’t be the last.”
The Brewers need this stretch of games to get back in the race with Chicago as they will face in consecutive games the Nationals, Reds, and Padres. All of which are last place teams and could drastically help lift Milwaukee to if not over Chicago.