There was no immediate retaliation visited upon Carlos Quentin after he charged the mound and broke Zack Geinke’s collarbone. But Jeff Passan notes that, at the time, the Dodgers were saying that his time was going to come, with one unnamed Dodger telling Passan:
“We will get him,” he said. “It may not be next time we see him. It may not be the time after that. It may not be two times after that. But we will get him. I promise.”
The Dodgers meet the Padres tonight, kicking off a three-game set. Greinke won’t be going in the series so there won’t be a chance of direct retribution, but it wouldn’t be shocking if someone threw a ball at Quentin.
It’ll be awesome when it happens and the Dodgers pitcher says it just slipped out of his hand or Don Mattingly talks about how “you never want to hit a guy in that situation.”
Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.
On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.
It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.
While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.