Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt provided the only run for either side in game two of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. In the top of the fifth inning, Bethancourt absolutely demolished a 1-0 breaking ball from John Lackey, completely clearing the stands in left field.
Here’s the dinger, the deciding factor in the Padres’ 1-0 victory:
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It’s tough to see any offense in that video, but Lackey is apparently upset with the way Bethancourt celebrated his home run. Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Lackey sarcastically asked after the game, “How many home runs does he have?”
When noted that it was the first ever match-up between Lackey and the 24-year-old Bethancourt, the veteran pitcher responded, “Oh, I know. He’ll learn.”
If Lackey, 37, is not a fan of expressing emotion during baseball games, he should remember it was his angry outburst that led to him becoming one of the Internet’s most popular .gifs. But this is nothing new for him. As a Cardinal, Lackey was mad at former Cub Starlin Castro two years ago because he yelled at himself in Spanish after popping up. In 2013 with the Red Sox, Lackey intentionally hit then-Ray Matt Joyce with a pitch after Joyce had homered and very nearly hit another one.
The issue, really, is that Lackey seems to struggle dealing with adversity and lashes out in anger. That can’t be healthy.
NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.
The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.
“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.
Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.
Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.
“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”
Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.
The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.
The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.
Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.