Last night we heard that, before the Orioles-Mariners game, there was a fight in the Mariners clubhouse. At the time all we knew was that Mariners center fielder Dee Gordon had asked reporters to leave, after which there was yelling and the sounds of pushing and shoving and a lot of commotion.
Late last night after the game — which the Mariners lost — Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported that the fight was between Gordon and Mariners shortstop Jean Segura. The flashpoint: Gordon missing an easy pop fly in the previous night’s game. Why that led to a fight when the (a) the error ended up being meaningless, as the guy who reached on it did not score; and (b) the Mariners won the game is beyond me, but when you’re coming upon seven months of sharing close quarters and your season is slipping away I suppose anything can set off a fracas.
For what it’s worth, manager Scott Servais and everyone on the Mariners is playing the “what happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse” card, and is saying that it’s all behind them, so we’ll likely never know why this particular error turned into a fight.
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.