MILWAUKEE -- Is there some bad blood between the Brewers and Astros? When Astros starter Bud Norris used his first pitch to plunk Rickie Weeks on Tuesday, Norris handed Weeks a Brewers record. It was Weeks' 96th career HBP, passing Geoff Jenkins for the most by a Brewer. But Norris made clear after the game that his wayward pitch was no accident. It was retaliation for a collision at home plate on Monday, when Mat Gamel lowered his left shoulder into Astros catcher Jason Castro.
"It kind of got away from me," Norris said, then added, "I'm going to go out there and stand up for my team. I think the umpires handled it professionally, our team handled it professionally and Rickie handled it professionally as well. Nothing personal against him. It is what it is." Astros manager Brad Mills said earlier in the day that he thought Gamel had enough of home plate available to slide. The other Astros catcher, Chris Snyder, was also unhappy. For his part, Castro told reporters he considered it a clean play. Snyder was plunked by a Shaun Marcum curveball leading off the second inning on Wednesday. Manager Ron Roenicke had little to say on Wednesday about the Astros' decision to seek payback. "I think it was a clean play, but like I told Gamel, I would rather he slide," Roenicke said. Gamel missed a second straight game on Wednesday with a sore left shoulder but is "a lot better," Roenicke said.
Gamel should be back in the lineup on Friday in St. Louis.