Give the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate some credit for playing along with a gag at Round Rock, Tex. on Thursday night.
The Nashville Sounds’ game was interrupted in the top of the sixth inning for an appearance by Rojo Johnson, an East Texas-born, Venezuela-raised ex-con who had just signed with the Astros and was actually comedian Will Ferrell. He didn’t last long, firing his only pitch behind a fake Sounds batter and drawing an ejection.
“Mentally, I feel like I have the strength of 10 men, after that,” Ferrell/Johnson, who ripped off his mustache during the on-field chase, told reporters in a postgame press conference.
“Nashville showed a lot of stuff tonight,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of moxie.”
They also won the game. Nashville avoided a three-game sweep with a win behind six scoreless innings from starter Kameron Loe and home runs by Adam Stern and Jonathan Lucroy.
Keep an eye on Stern, who returned from a rib-cage injury about a week ago and could be a candidate for a promotion this weekend, depending on the results of Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez’s MRI scan this morning. The Brewers would probably prefer to promote a right-handed outfielder if Gomez misses time, but Lorenzo Cain is still on the disabled list at Double-A Huntsville and Brendan Katin is still injured at Nashville.
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