Last night the Yankees knocked Tigers left-hander David Price out of the game in the third inning for the worst start of the former Cy Young winner’s excellent career.
They did so by starting the inning with nine consecutive hits and here’s a crazy stat via Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal: Price is the first pitcher to allow nine straight hits since Bob Forsh of the Astros in 1989.
MLB.com strung together video of all nine hits, which is weirdly mesmerizing to watch:
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Prior to last night Price had allowed nine or more hits in a game 20 times in 175 career starts. And he’s now 1-2 with a 4.41 ERA in five starts since the Tigers acquired him from the Rays.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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