I thought MLB suspending Ozzie Guillen two games for posting on Twitter following his ejection last week was too extreme, but yesterday the White Sox manager told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that the punishment “was a very fair one”:
I think it was good for baseball, myself and the integrity of the game. If MLB makes any good moves in the last 20 years I think this is a good one. They don’t make that many good moves but they did this time.
That quote didn’t seem very Ozzie-like until the part about how “they don’t make that many good moves.”
Guillen was ejected from Wednesday’s game for arguing a called third strike on Paul Konerko and posted on Twitter minutes later, writing:
This one going to cost me a lot money this is patetic
Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium
He was right about the money and the “tough guy” is umpire Todd Tichenor. MLB prohibits the use of social media during games and Guillen said he “agrees 100 percent with them.” He served the suspension Friday and Saturday, as the White Sox lost both games to the Orioles.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.