Wednesday marked the one-month anniversary of the infamous melee between the Blue Jays and Rangers. During that melee, Jays outfielder Jose Bautista was intentionally hit by a Matt Bush fastball, then he slid hard into second baseman Rougned Odor in an attempt to break up a double play. Odor then punched Bautista in the face and both teams’ dugouts emptied onto the field. Odor received an eight-game suspension which was reduced to seven games, and Bautista was handed a one-game suspension.
In the month since, both Odor and Bautista have had time to look back on the events that transpired on May 15. Neither side has appeared to show much, if any, contrition. Odor came close to admitting fault, however, in a recent interview with ESPN’s Marly Rivera.
Has this incident given people the wrong impression of who you are?
Maybe. After what happened, people who don’t know baseball may have a bad impression of me, but people who know baseball do know that those things are a part of the game. Perhaps he was wrong, and perhaps I was also wrong.
Odor also said “maybe I would have done things differently if I had known that I would be suspended.” He also said of Bautista, “I respect him,” and called him “a tremendous ballplayer.”
Interestingly, Odor thinks the media showing the video of the other fight he was involved in, a similar melee in 2011 when he was playing for Single-A Spokane, was “unfair.”
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.