As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler messed up on Saturday when he attempted to bring in lefty reliever Hoby Milner even though Milner was literally just starting to get warmed up. Kapler stalled and Milner got a few warm-up pitches in before entering the game. Crew chief Jerry Layne allowed Milner five warm-up pitches on the mound, which upset Braves manager Brian Snitker, who then got ejected. Layne said he wanted to protect Milner’s health. The Phillies wound up getting destroyed that game anyway, losing 15-2.
MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported on Sunday that Major League Baseball will officially warn the Phillies regarding that pitching change. MLB believes Layne handled the situation appropriately.
Kapler took full responsibility for the communication breakdown.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.