Today in good sportsmanship


Mets rookie pitcher Noah Syndergaard hit Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez in the helmet with a fastball during Sunday afternoon’s game. Gomez was on the ground and was attended to by the team trainers before eventually being escorted off.

The Mets wound up winning 5-1. Syndergaard picked up his first major league win, allowing just one run in six innings on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Speaking to the media after the game, Syndergaard was very pensive about the scary moment he created for Gomez. Via ESPN’s Adam Rubin:

“I just want to start by saying I hope Gomez is OK,” Syndergaard said. “I hope he doesn’t miss any playing time right there. I just tried to go in on a pitch and just lost control of it.”


“That never really happened to me before, so it kind of rattled me a little bit,” Syndergaard said about beaning Gomez. “It made me a little bit more timid to go inside to hitters. If that hadn’t happened, I probably would have been inside to Braun quite a bit as opposed to just throwing him away. But I felt like I bounced back pretty good.”

Syndergaard also apologized publicly to Gomez on Twitter. Gomez replied back in good spirits and the two appear to be on very good terms. Considering some ugly situations we’ve seen previously this season, mostly involving the Royals, it’s nice to see players take the good sportsmanship route.

Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.