Actually, Wily Peralta, that’s exactly the moment you’d throw at someone

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Wily Peralta hit Justin Morneau with a high hard one in last night’s Pirates-Brewers game and benches emptied:

After the game, Peralta was asked if he threw at Morneau on purpose. Here’s what he said:

“It wasn’t on purpose,” said Peralta. “We tried to go up and in. The ball slipped out of my hand and go right up and hit him. I don’t want to hit him, especially in that situation.”

Of course, Morneau came to the plate right after Andrew McCutchen hit a homer (after which some might think was admiring it, but in reality he wasn’t sure where the ball went). Yet, at the time, the Brewers still had a four run lead and there was, of course, no one on base. Which pretty much makes that the EXACT situation someone would throw at a batter if one were so inclined. So spare me the “in that situation” talk, dude.

Let’s see a suspension for Peralta today, MLB. He clearly threw at a guy’s head on purpose. A guy who lost a huge chunk of time as well as his MVP-level mojo thanks to multiple concussions.

Mariners sweep A’s in two-game Japan Series

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The big news, of course, is Ichiro’s retirement. But there was a baseball game that counted today as well and the Mariners took it. Seattle beat Oakland 5-4 in 12 innings to sweep the two-game Japan Series.

Ichiro may have taken an 0-for-4 in his last game, but Ryon Healy and Mitch Haniger homered for the Mariners, staking Seattle to a 3-0 lead after three. The A’s picked up two in the fifth and Seattle added one via a Jay Bruce sac fly to make it 4-2 in the seventh. Oakland tied things back up, ultimately sending it to extras when Khris Davis singled in Matt Chapman in the seventh. Davis would blow a chance to put Oakland ahead in the 11th when he struck out with the bases loaded.

In the twelfth, Domingo Santana, who hit a grand slam in Seattle’s win in the opener on Wednesday, beat out a would-be double-play with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead and, ultimately, winning run.

The rebuilding Mariners are now 2-0 on the young year. The A’s, who won 97 games last year, are 0-2. Viva the smallest of sample sizes.