Major League Baseball just announced that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ross Ohlendorf has received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at David Freese of the Pittsburgh Pirates during Wednesday night’s game.
The game on Wednesday night was kind of a mess of plunkings and ejections. Ohlendorf’s plunking of Freese as the fourth time in the game a Pirates batter had been hit. Two Reds batters had been hit. Warnings had been issued previously. As C. Trent Rosecrans noted in his gamer in the Cincinnati Enquirer the other night, the Reds and Pirates are notorious for throwing at one another in recent years, with pitchers on each team hitting batters on the other 39 times over the past four seasons. Must be something in the air along the Ohio River.
In addition, Reds manager Bryan Price has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for the intentional actions of Ohlendorf while warnings were in place, which is the price Price has to pay for it happening on his watch. He will sit out tonight, as managers don’t get to appeal. Ohlendorf is appealing his, so he’ll be available if necessary.
Wednesday night’s Phillies-Mets game did not feature any beanballs or benches-clearing brawls, but it did feature Rhys Hoskins getting his revenge against Jacob Rhame. Last night, Rhame threw a fastball up-and-in at Hoskins. Rhame maintained his innocence, though Hoskins was skeptical.
Hoskins got a chance for revenge against Rhame in the ninth inning with the Phillies already ahead 4-0. Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk. Hoskins then worked a 1-1 count before drilling a 95 MPH fastball over the left field fence for a two-run home run. Hoskins milked his accomplishment, taking a 34-second stroll around the bases. For a point of comparison, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo notes that noted speedster Bartolo Colón had a 30.5-second trot around the bases after homering in 2016. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki notes that Hoskins’ longest home run trot prior to this was clocked at 28.88 seconds. Wednesday’s trot was the first this season above 30 seconds across the league.
The dinger is Hoskins’ seventh of the season. He also walked and tripled in Wednesday’s 6-0 win. On the season, Hoskins is now batting .273/.402/.580 with 20 RBI and 18 runs scored in 107 plate appearances.