Major League Baseball just announced that Matt Kemp of the Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos of the Rangers have each been suspended for one game as a result of their on-field altercation in the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday evening’s game at Dodger Stadium.
The dustup began when an errant throw brought Chirinos into the base line as Kemp was approaching home plate. Kemp attempted to barrel Chirinos over — he failed to dislodge the ball — and when Chirinos got up he shoved Kemp, Kemp shoved back and the benches cleared. Kemp would’ve been out either way for violating the rule protecting catchers from takeout slides.
Kemp has appealed his suspension and will be eligible to play against the Giants tonight. As of the moment Chirinos has not yet appealed his suspension, but if he does he’ll be able to play against the Rockies.
Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.
Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).
Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.
Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.