Rockies starter Jon Gray, like Yankees starter Luis Severino, gave up three runs in his Wild Card start. Gray, however, was able to navigate out of the inning.
Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke set the Rockies down in order in the top of the first. Then the D-Backs’ offense came out swinging against Gray. David Peralta and Ketel Marte both singled and Paul Goldschmidt followed up by ripping Gray’s first-pitch curve over the fence in left field at Chase Field for a three-run home run.
The similarities to Severino’s didn’t stop there. Just like Severino, Gray allowed a single and then a double after the first three runs scored. Rockies manager Bud Black stuck with Gray, though, who struck out Daniel Descalso and Jeff Mathis to get out of the inning.
Makes you wonder if the Rockies might’ve put themselves in a better position by trying “bullpenning.”
Update: After getting Greinke to ground out to lead off the bottom of the second, Peralta singled and Marte knocked him in with a triple to make it 4-0. Black took Gray out and brought in Scott Oberg. Yikes.
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.