Cito Gaston doesn’t dig this whole new-fangled interleague play thing. After losing his closer Scott Downs to injury while running to first base on Wednesday, he encountered more trouble by messing up a double-switch in Thursday’s game.
Gaston intended to take out Brandon League and put in Jason Frasor,
while swapping out catcher Raul Chavez in favor of Rod Barajas, so that
Barajas could lead off in the top of the ninth in the pitcher’s spot,
but you see, he went ahead and screwed that whole thing up.
“I thought about it, and then after I
went to the mound, then you couldn’t do it. You have to approach the
umpire first before you do that and I went to the mound. If I had the
intentions of doing it, I screwed it up — you couldn’t do it.”
Even though Frasor came in and allowed a game-tying single to Shane
Victorino, the mistake was forgiven when Barajas appeared as a
pinch-hitter and launched a solo home run to secure an 8-7 win. Still,
the error was eerily reminiscent of another legendary coach
who returned to his place of former dominance, only to forget the rules
at an inopportune moment. Hey, at least he’s not stealing batteries.
The Mets rode a bloop hit and a fortuitous slide by Yoenis Cespedes into a four-run fifth inning against the Cardinals during Thursday night’s game.
After Cespedes drew a one-out walk, James Loney hit a weak pop-up into shallow left field. Left fielder Brandon Moss and shortstop Greg Garcia both gave chase but it dropped in. Cespedes, running the bases aggressively, sprinted towards third base. Moss scooped up the ball and threw to Adam Wainwright covering third base.
Cespedes appeared to have been tagged out by Wainwright, but as luck would have it, Cespedes’ cleats stuck on Wainwright’s glove and yanked it off. Cespedes was ruled safe and the Cardinals challenged the call, but it was ultimately upheld.
After that play, Curtis Granderson struck out, Wilmer Flores reached on a fielding error by Garcia, and Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run home run to right field, pushing the Mets’ lead to 7-0.
You may recall that, back in May, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fight with Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. Bautista slid late into second base, with which Odor took issue, so he punched Bautista in the face. That earned him a seven-game suspension.
With one out in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against the Indians, Odor reached on a fielding error by first baseman Mike Napoli. Jonathan Lucroy then hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Odor slid hard into Jason Kipnis covering second base.
Kipnis, hearkening back to the Bautista fight, backed up as if he were afraid Odor would punch him. Odor got a good chuckle out of it, but it was the Rangers’ bench which perhaps enjoyed the joke most. The Rangers’ broadcast showing Adrian Beltre cracking up and telling his other teammates what had happened.