Hunter Strickland is “embarrassed”

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After his little meltdown at Salvador Perez on Wednesday night, Hunter Strickland said he was caught up in the moment and talked about “miscommunication” and stuff, but he pretty well undersold it. Strickland didn’t have some confusing verbal interaction with Perez. He just went momentarily nutty.

He addressed it again yesterday. He seemed to get the point a bit better with a day of reflection:

“I’m embarrassed. I’m not going to deny it. I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys over there. I do. It happened and I can’t take it back. There’s a lot of emotion going on but you’ve got to control it. That’s part of your job. You’ve got to be under control no matter how upset you are.”

Better.

Of course, he’s still in a bit of denial about other things. Later in the article he talks about how he’s prepared to pitch in another World Series game which, boy howdy, if that happens it either means Bruce Bochy has lost his meds or else it’s a 15-run blowout.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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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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