In the bottom of the second inning during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rays, the Reds pulled off what’s known as a double-TOOTBLAN. (TOOTBLAN: Thrown Out on the Bases Like A Nincompoop.) Zack Cozart had doubled in two runs off of Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos, pushing Devin Mesoraco to third base in the process. With one out, Tony Cingrani came to the plate.
Cingrani tapped a grounder to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was playing shallow in the infield for just such a play. Escobar fired to catcher Ryan Hanigan, who tagged Mesoraco for the second out of the inning. Hanigan then threw the ball to second baseman Logan Forsythe, who ran towards Cingrani, a quarter of the way between first and second base. Forsythe tossed the ball to first baseman Sean Rodriguez, who then whipped it back home and Hanigan tagged out Cozart trying to score. Just your typical 6-2-4-3-2 double play.
Watch the play as it unfolded:
Because of course he did.
It wasn’t just his first at bat, but it was his first pitch. It came off of John Kilichowski, an 11th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Vanderbilt. The ball went out to left center, off the bat of the lefty Tebow.
Next time, meat, throw him a breaking ball.
The other night, Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field after the second benches-clearing incident with the Yankees. It was later revealed that Benoit tore a calf muscle during the fracas, ending his season.
Yesterday he pointed the finger at just about everyone else for the incidents like the one that led to his injury. Hitters specifically. From The Star:
“I believe as pitchers we’re entitled to use the whole plate and pitch in if that’s the way we’re going to succeed,” Benoit said. “I believe that right now baseball is taking things so far that in some situations most hitters believe that they can’t be brushed out. Some teams take it personally.”
That “take it personally” line is interesting coming from Benoit as, in this instance, it seemed pretty clear that the whole plunking exchange which led to his injury started because Josh Donaldson took an inside pitch that did not seem to be a purpose pitch at all, too personally.
Did Benoit take a veiled swipe at his teammate here? If so, that’s pretty notable. If not it’s notable in another way, right? As it suggests that Benoit believes it’s OK for his teammates to take issue with inside pitches but anyone else who does is part of the problem?
Which is it, Joaquin?