Carlos Torres gave up four runs on seven hits last night to take the extra-inning loss for the Mets.
After Torres finally was removed from the game, pitching coach Dan Warthen came over to offer some encouragement, at which point Torres decided to start punching himself in the head:
“Why are you hitting yourself?!”
“Because I gave up three runs and I’m sad about it.”
Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.
Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”
It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.
Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.