One day after Red Sox manager John Farrell and left-hander Wade Miley had an argument in the dugout, we saw something similar with the Phillies last night. Watch below as reliever Ken Giles got into it with manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure:
This was apparently a difference of opinion on strategy in the eighth inning after Giles committed a throwing error which allowed Josh Harrison to move to second base with two outs. He was instructed to intentionally walk Pedro Alvarez in order to pitch to Francisco Cervelli, but was visibly frustrated with the decision. After giving Alvarez the free pass, he walked Cervelli to loaded the bases and went 3-0 on Jordy Mercer before battling back to strike him out. He made a gesture toward the dugout as he was walking off the mound, which set the stage for the confrontation.
According to Nate Barnes of CSNPhilly.com, Sandberg attempted to downplay the incident after the game while also gently saying that Giles was out of line:
“Everything’s taken care of in-house,” Sandberg said. “Everything’s fine.”
But in a 0-0 game, the coaching staff didn’t take too kindly to Giles’ ill-timed antics.
“I do like to have players with emotions,” Sandberg said. “There’s a time and a place and a situation to show that.”
The Phillies ended up losing 1-0 to the Pirates in 13 innings. Giles was unavailable for comment after the marathon game.
The Yankees defeated the Astros 4-1 during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night, staving off a potential postseason elimination and forcing the series to at least six games.
In just the third playoff appearance of his career, Yankees southpaw James Paxton turned in another impressive performance, limiting the Astros to four hits and four walks over six innings of one-run ball. According to MLB Stats, his nine strikeouts made him the second Yankees lefty to record multiple starts of 8+ strikeouts in the same postseason campaign, two decades after David Wells did so for the 1998 championship-winning club.
Paxton’s strong outing was backed by a handful of runs from DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks, both of whom went deep against Astros ace Justin Verlander in the bottom of the first inning. LeMahieu’s leadoff solo shot marked his first postseason home run since Game 1 of the ALDS, while Hicks’ three-run 347-footer was his first home run of any variety since July 24 (and his first in the playoffs since the 2017 ALDS).
Neither team managed a single run after the first inning, leaving the two pitching staffs to duke it out for eight quick innings. Verlander outlasted Paxton — taking the game through the seventh with five hits, four runs, and nine strikeouts — but even with a flawless contribution from Brad Peacock in the eighth, there was little the hurlers could do to help the Astros solve Paxton and an airtight Yankees bullpen.
With the win, the Yankees will try to push the series to a full seven games in order to snatch the AL pennant from the Astros. They’ll have to do in Houston, however, as the Astros will regain home field advantage when Game 6 kicks off on Saturday at 8:08 PM EDT. Neither starter has been announced yet; per Houston skipper A.J. Hinch, it will likely be a bullpen day.