On Sunday, the Diamondbacks’ and Cardinals’ benches cleared after D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina got into it. Lovullo apparently used some unkind words to refer to Molina, which Molina did not appreciate. Molina, in his anger, pushed umpire Tim Timmons.
Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that both Lovullo and Molina have been suspended one game each for their actions on Sunday. In the press release, Major League Baseball referred to Lovullo’s behavior as “inappropriate actions.” Molina’s was referred to as “actions … which included making contact with Umpire Tim Timmons.”
Lovullo, who was also given an undisclosed fine, will serve his suspension tonight as the D-Backs take on the Giants. Molina has appealed his suspension, so he won’t have to serve his time until the appeal process is completed.
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.