Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija and Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams got into a weird little shouting match during Saturday’s game and no one involved seems quite sure why it happened (or at least willing to say publicly).
Asked yesterday about the incident, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson praised Samardzija’s performance and called it all “part of the game.” But then Gibson told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com:
Whatever. He didn’t get the win did he? Maybe the next time he should just shut the [expletive] up and pitch.
“Just shut the [expletive] up and pitch” would be a good choice for the Diamondbacks’ team motto if they didn’t already have “GRIT!”
Astros second baseman José Altuve recorded a hit in 10 consecutive plate appearances between Friday and Sunday against the Indians. If the Astros were still in the National League, that would tie a league record, but the AL and overall record is 12 consecutive hits, which was accomplished by the Tigers’ Walt Dropo on July 14 and 15 in 1952. Altuve’s 10 consecutive hits did set a new Astros record, however. The previous club record was eight, set by Altuve last season.
In his third plate appearance on Friday, Altuve grounded out to shortstop. Here were his next 10 trips to the dish:
- Two-run double
- Infield single
- Two-run home run
- Infield single
- RBI double
- RBI single
This was hit No. 10:
In his final at-bat in the top of the ninth on Sunday, Altuve lined out to center field to end his streak. Teammate Josh Reddick, currently on the disabled list, was impressed with the streak:
After Sunday’s performance, Altuve is hitting .332/.378/.459 with three home runs, 28 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 239 plate appearances this season. His OPS was .760 after Thursday’s game and is now .837.