One day after Red Sox manager John Farrell and left-hander Wade Miley had an argument in the dugout, we saw something similar with the Phillies last night. Watch below as reliever Ken Giles got into it with manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure:
This was apparently a difference of opinion on strategy in the eighth inning after Giles committed a throwing error which allowed Josh Harrison to move to second base with two outs. He was instructed to intentionally walk Pedro Alvarez in order to pitch to Francisco Cervelli, but was visibly frustrated with the decision. After giving Alvarez the free pass, he walked Cervelli to loaded the bases and went 3-0 on Jordy Mercer before battling back to strike him out. He made a gesture toward the dugout as he was walking off the mound, which set the stage for the confrontation.
According to Nate Barnes of CSNPhilly.com, Sandberg attempted to downplay the incident after the game while also gently saying that Giles was out of line:
“Everything’s taken care of in-house,” Sandberg said. “Everything’s fine.”
But in a 0-0 game, the coaching staff didn’t take too kindly to Giles’ ill-timed antics.
“I do like to have players with emotions,” Sandberg said. “There’s a time and a place and a situation to show that.”
The Phillies ended up losing 1-0 to the Pirates in 13 innings. Giles was unavailable for comment after the marathon game.
The Rangers announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with right-hander Dillon Tate, who was selected No. 4 overall out of UC Santa Barbara in this week’s 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The first three picks in the draft were shortstops, so Tate was the first pitcher off the board.
According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Tate will receive a bonus of $4.2 million. The pool value for the No. 4 pick was $5,026,500, so the savings will allow the Rangers to spend extra on their other picks.
Tate, 21, checks in at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds and possesses a mid-90s fastball. He just converted to a starter as a junior this year, but Baseball America notes that “he has adjusted to the role well, though, establishing a routine and holding his stuff deep into games and the season.”
Felix Hernandez had the worst start of his career last night and the Mariners couldn’t get anything going against Brett Oberholtzer, so manager Lloyd McClendon decided to let catcher Jesus Sucre pitch the eighth inning of a lopsided game. He allowed one hit, but only needed seven pitches to get out of the inning and topped out at 90.5 mph according to Brooks Baseball. Not bad at all:
One of my favorite things about position players pitching is that they regularly attempt to act like this is business as usual while fighting off a grin. Sucre was no different.
Josh Collmenter started on Opening Day this season, but the Diamondbacks announced after Friday’s game that he’s headed to the bullpen.
Collmenter had a 3.46 ERA in 28 starts and five relief appearances last season, but he has struggled to the tune of a 5.24 ERA over 12 starts this year. His velocity, which has never been a strength to begin with, is down a tick from where it was last year and he has already allowed 10 home runs in just 68 2/3 innings.
According to Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said that he thinks a break could be beneficial for Collmenter:
“We think Josh can be successful as a starter,” Hale said. “So maybe going back and doing this and giving him a little break (will help him) get his good stuff back and a spot will open up and he’ll get a chance.”
The Diamondbacks are calling up right-hander Allen Webster to take Collmenter’s spot in the rotation Saturday against the Giants. Acquired from the Red Sox in the Wade Miley deal over the winter, the 25-year-old got a late start on the season due to shoulder fatigue and has a 9.00 ERA and 24/12 K/BB ratio in 23 innings over five starts with Triple-A Reno.
Make that nine wins in a row for the Blue Jays, who put together a huge comeback in a 13-10 victory over the Red Sox last night at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox jumped all over Drew Hutchison early, so they had an 8-1 lead in the third inning, but the Blue Jays scored three runs off Joe Kelly in the fifth inning before this happened in the seventh. Warning: This image contains graphic material that some may find offensive:
Yikes. The first nine hitters all reached base in the seventh and all of them eventually came around to score. The big blow was a go-ahead bases-clearing triple off the bat of Russell Martin, but Justin Smoak followed with a two-run home run.
The Red Sox threatened in the eighth and ninth, but the Blue Jays hung on and Brett Cecil got his first save since May 4. Not only was it Cecil’s first save since May 4, but it was Toronto’s first, as well. That means the team went 34 games without a save. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, that’s the longest streak since the Orioles went 36 games without a save in 2002.
With nine straight wins, the Blue Jays sit at 32-30 on the year, just two games back of the Yankees in the American League East. As for the Red Sox, the ugliness continues. They have lost four straight to fall to 27-35. Only the Athletics have a worse record in the American League.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Reds 5, Cubs 4 (11 innings)
Yankees 3, Orioles 11
Indians 0, Tigers 4
Braves 3, Mets 5
Blue Jays 13, Red Sox 10
Phillies 0, Pirates 1 (13 innings)
White Sox 5, Rays 7
Rockies 1, Marlins 5
Twins 2, Rangers 6
Nationals 4, Brewers 8
Royals 0, Cardinals 4
Mariners 0, Astros 10
Dodgers 4, Padres 3
Athletics 4, Angels 5
Diamondbacks 1, Giants 0