Nats, Brewers keep cool after benches clear
Desmond takes issue with Gomez's hard slide into second on double play
MILWAUKEE -- What did Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond say to the Brewers' Carlos Gomez that led the benches to briefly clear at Miller Park on Wednesday?
"He liked my shoes," Gomez said, smiling.
Desmond offered a much more serious take on the dust-up, which occurred during the eighth inning of the Brewers' 9-2 win. Gomez had just been hit on the left arm a Taylor Hill pitch before breaking for second base on Lyle Overbay's double-play grounder. Gomez slid through Nationals second baseman Kevin Frandsen, who was able to make the inning-ending relay throw.
While players trotted toward the dugout, Desmond shared a few words with Gomez. When Gomez responded, players came onto the field from both dugouts.
The discussion was short. Nationals manager Matt Williams patted Gomez on the shoulder and helped break up the gathering.
"Just 'Gomey' going in hard to second base," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "And he did go in hard. You get hit with a ball, you get a little adrenaline going, and you're going to go in hard. It was a clean slide; it was right at the bag, so I didn't have a problem with it."
Desmond did have a problem with it.
"I just told him I didn't agree with the way he slid into second base with a seven-run lead," Desmond said. "I've defended that guy in a lot of clubhouse arguments. I respect the way he plays the game, but I've got no respect for that. If he thinks he got drilled on purpose by our pitcher making his Major League debut ... to take it out on a guy who's grinded his butt off to make a Major League career in Kevin Frandsen ...
"In a World Series game, you slide like that. In a seven-run-differential game, there's no time for that. ... I've got no respect if you can defend that."
Gomez, who was suspended earlier this season after a much more serious engagement with the Pittsburgh Pirates, characterized this one as no big deal.
"I don't know why people came out," Gomez said. "It's not like it was an argument or people being mad."
The Brewers and Nationals meet again next month at Nationals Park.