The Brewers are eliminated from postseason contention

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The Brewers were in first place for something like five months. That and fifty cents gets them a bag of chips and a chance to watch everyone else in the postseason, because today they were eliminated.

The Reds beat the Brewers 5-3 behind six effective innings from a person named David Holmberg, who I am pretty sure is not a real baseball player as opposed to an elaborate put-on, but I can’t prove that. Jay Bruce went 3 for 4. Brandon Phillips homered. Yovani Gallardo gave up ten hits in five innings.

What’s worse: doing about as well as everyone expected you to do before the season, finishing in fourth place and never really contending, or doing what the Brewers did in defying everyone’s expectations and spending almost all of the season at or near the top of the division? Is it better to just miss the stars or never leave orbit? Better to burn out or to fade away?

Maybe it doesn’t matter. Either way, the Brewers will be home for October.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.