Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas chose some interesting words in an effort to cheer up lefty Brandon Finnegan after he surrendered five runs in an inning of work against the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night.
Via MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez:
“Listen, man,'” Moustakas added, “you’re disgusting, you’re nasty. Never forget how nasty you are.”
First baseman Eric Hosmer was also there to help console the rookie, adding, “It’s baseball. It happens.”
To his credit, Finnegan seemed nonplussed at the whole thing. One would think a rookie, only months separated from pitching in college, would be panicking, but Finnegan seems to have a cool head on his shoulders. He told the media, “I made my pitches and they hit it just soft enough and hard enough to get in. They got theirs tonight, but we’ll get ours tomorrow.”
2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.
Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.
Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.