The aborted Carlos Gomez/Wilmer Flores trade ended in tears. Today isn’t much better for the Mets and their fans.
Playing a day game against the Padres, the Mets took a 7-5 lead into the 9th inning, poised for victory. With two outs in the inning, the rains came. Big rains. Delaying the game even though there was only one out to go, which I can’t ever recall happening. Mets players couldn’t believe it and just stood on the field in shock as the tarp came out. A rain delay ensued.
When play resumed, Derek Norris singled. And then Matt Kemp singled. And then Justin Upton came to the plate, rain pouring down, and hit a three run homer to put the Padres up 8-7. Just a total back breaker.
But it gets worse!
After Yangervis Solarte grounded out, the game was delayed again. And this time the grounds crew couldn’t get the dang tarp on the field:
The field is now covered, but only partially. And it is totally drenched:
I guess that’s better than a hot mess. Which describes the last 24 hours in Mets Land.
Some serious “Play The Game The Right Way Theatre” going on in San Diego last night, as benches cleared in the ninth inning of the Giants win over the Padres. The reason? These two teams like to throw gum at each other.
You may recall that, earlier this season, Giants outfielder Angel Pagan angered the Padres when he flicked his gum in the direction of Derek Norris. This time the gum went the other direction.
Hector Sanchez hit a grand slam in the sixth inning. He flipped his bat a bit and watched the ball go out as he began his trot. Which, for Pete’s sake, is common enough these days and wasn’t even in the 30th percentile of showboating moves as far as these things go. The Padres pitcher who gave up the bomb, Dale Thayer, however, felt like this was some breach of decorum, apparently, and threw his gum at Sanchez as he trotted toward first base.
Because, clearly, someone who is concerned with decorum is in the right to take his spit-covered gum out of his mouth and throw it at someone. That’s some serious Emily Post crap right there. You can look it up.
In any event, Sanchez later grounded out in the ninth inning, but not before Shawn Kelley threw a couple of inside fastballs at him. Because, again, the proper and reasonable penalty for being happy that you literally did the best thing you can do as a hitter on a baseball field is to send purpose pitches a guy’s way.
As Sanchez walked back to the dugout he exchanged words with Kelley and the benches cleared:
Just the latest bit of ridiculousness that I’m sure a bunch of ballplayers think is totally appropriate because, of course, there is only one way to play the game. And because for whatever reason, the Padres and the Giants can’t keep the gum in their mouths.
Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn was placed on the disabled list last week with a flexor tendon injury and his absence appears likely to stretch well into the second half of the season.
According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, Athletics general manager Billy Beane said Thursday that Hahn is looking at a “somewhat extended stay” on the disabled list. Chris Bassitt will fill his spot in Oakland’s rotation for now.
“We’re going to be conservative with Jesse,’’ Beane said. “And the tough thing with is starters is once they’re shut down, it take a while to build back up. So it’ll be longer rather than shorter. But Bassitt has come in and pitched very well and kept us very much in the game, so that’s been good.’’
Acquired from the Padres in the Derek Norris deal last December, Hahn has a 3.35 ERA (114 ERA+) over 16 starts this season. While his strikeout rate has dropped seven percent from last season (22.9 percent to 15.8 percent), he has averaged 2.33 BB/9 to go along with a ground ball rate of 52.6 percent. The 25-year-old previously had Tommy John surgery in 2010, so it’s understandable why the Athletics are being cautious with him.