Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been suspended two games for his angry outburst directed at home plate umpire Bill Welke during Wednesday’s game against the Pirates, per Jamie Ramsey, the Reds’ assistant director of media relations. He plans to appeal the suspension.
Votto disagreed with Welke’s strike zone during the course of the night, and the final straw was when the NL MVP candidate asked for time and was denied by Welke. Votto was ejected very quickly after expressing disapproval, which caused him to get quite upset.
Votto is the major league leader in walks with 123. He led the league in walks and in on-base percentage in three consecutive seasons from 2011-13. This season, he’s hitting .317/.460/.561 with 27 home runs, 71 RBI, and 87 runs scored in 604 plate appearances.
The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.
The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.