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Bob Costas plans to apologize to Pedro Strop for insensitive on-air comment

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Calling Friday night’s game between the Cubs and Cardinals, MLB Network broadcaster Bob Costas laid the criticism on heavy when reliever Pedro Strop was exiting the game in the eighth inning. Strop had allowed a game-tying home run to Greg Garcia, then hit Kolten Wong, got Matt Carpenter to fly out, and walked Jhonny Peralta before manager Joe Maddon pulled him in favor of Jason Motte.

Costas said of Strop’s performance, “Motte is on his way in, Strop is on his way out, pointing toward the heavens. We can only ask, or wonder that he is asking some departed relative for forgiveness for this atrocious performance.” Deadspin has video which includes the comment.

As expected, the comment didn’t go over well. The New York Daily News reports that Costas has reached out to the Cubs’ PR department to apologize personally to Strop. The two will meet on Sunday in Chicago.

“I intended it as a kind of sarcastic comment about this overall thing where everybody seems to be pointing toward the heavens for every accomplishment, large and small,” Costas said. “That wasn’t my intention. And so I owe him an apology. And I will apologize to him tomorrow.”

There was a super ump show in Chicago yesterday

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Jon Lester was struggling yesterday afternoon, and after issuing a walk he jawed about the strike zone a little. You see that from frustrated pitchers pretty often.

What you don’t see pretty often is the home plate umpire taking offense at that and marching out to the mound to confront the pitcher, to the point where he literally has to be held back by the catcher. Watch home plate ump Andy Fletcher lose his cool:

 

On what planet is this acceptable behavior from an umpire? I would hope MLB does something about that. And, for once, does so publicly, the way it disciplines players publicly for their loss of composure.

And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlight

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Mets 2, Brewers 0: Jacob deGrom was fantastic, pitching eight shutout innings. He kind of had to given the Mets’ offense these days.

White Sox 8, Tigers 7: Tied in the tenth, Joba Chamberlain came into the game. The White Sox weren’t impressed. Melky Cabrera walked, Chamberlain hit Avisail Garcia with a pitch, J.B. Shuck’s hit an infield single to shortstop and then Carlos Sanchez tripled into right to clear the bases and put Chicago ahead 8-5. The Tigers plated two in the bottom half but two was not enough.

Orioles 8, Red Sox 6: The Orioles put up a a six-run fourth inning, capped by a Matt Wieters two-run homer. J.J. Hardy had a two-run double and Steve Pearce had three hits. The bigger deal for Baltimore is that Miguel Gonzalez came off the DL and made it through five innings. Not five great innings — he gave up four runs — but five healthy innings.

Athletics 6, Rangers 3: The sweep for Oakland. The A’s have won five in a row and, while they still have a pretty poor record and have a ton of teams ahead of them, they are only six games out of the wild card. Everyone is assuming they’ll have a fire sale. With parity and two wild cards, does anyone have a fire sale anymore? At least in the middle of the season?

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0: The Dodgers’ rotation does not look like they thought it would before the season began, but occasionally they get some decent results. Carlos Frias gave them some yesterday, tossing five shutout innings before handing it over to the pen. Jon Lester gave up all four Dodgers runs and didn’t make it past the fourth inning. He hasn’t won in seven starts.

Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 4: Despite all of the runs scored in the first couple of games of this series, it was only 2-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth. Then Colorado put up a five-spot, kicked off with a Troy Tulowitzki pinch-hit homer. Dbacks pitchers walked five guys that inning, two intentionally. Putting guys on base in Colorado is a good way to die.

Giants 13, Padres 8: Brandon Belt hit two triples and the Giants had four in all, which is not the sort of thing you see everyday. Then again, you don’t get to play the Padres and their sub-par outfield every day. A couple likely would’ve been triples with anyone playing out there, but Matt Duffy’s came “past a diving Kemp.”  Brandon Belt’s second triple likewise went to right. It was over Kemp’s head and would’ve been over anyone’s, but it’s not like Kemp was The Flash getting to the ball and getting it back in.

Nationals 7, Braves 0: Man the Braves stink. That’s eight in a row they’ve dropped to Washington, whose starters have put up 41 and a third consecutive shutout innings. Now Max Scherzer is going to pitch against the poor-hitting Phillies, so expect more of the same. Or maybe even a Johnny Vander Meer.

Reds 5, Pirates 4: A pretty decent game from Brandon Phillips, who hit the go-ahead homer in the 13th inning and did this:

 

Todd Frazier had himself a decent game too, with three hits, including a tying homer in the seventh

Cardinals 5, Marlins 1: I’m sure the Cardinals have lost at some point this season, I just can’t really picture it in my mind. Lance Lynn came off the DL to toss six shutout innings. Pete Kozma came off the bench to go 3-for-3 and score two runs. St. Louis is basically the Terminator this year.

Astros 4, Yankees 0: The Astros won a game and didn’t hit any homers? Wild. Of course they didn’t need to with Dallas Keuchel tossing a six-hit shutout and striking out 12. Jose Altuve had three hits and scored three times. Evan Gattis drove in a couple.