Red Sox starter Rick Porcello did not have a good night on Wednesday in a home start against the Rays. Ji-Man Choi hit a leadoff double in the first inning and came around to score on a Travis d'Arnaud one-out single. That would be the only damage in the first, however.
Frustrated, Porcello went down the stairs in the dugout to go into the clubhouse. Two TVs were mounted on the wall facing those who walk down the steps. Porcello slammed both of his fists into the TVs, instantly breaking them.
Porcello’s night wouldn’t get better. He ended up being on the hook for six runs on nine hits and a walk with seven strikeouts across 5 2/3 innings as the Red Sox lost 8-5 to the Rays. The 2016 Cy Young Award winner’s ERA is now up to 5.74 in 122 1/3 innings this season.
Porcello apologized after the game, per MLB.com’s Ian Browne. Porcello said, “It’s a reaction of frustration. It’s not behavior I condone. Obviously, everybody gets frustrated. I kind of wish I did that without cameras being on me. I apologize to everyone that had to see that. It’s not behavior that I feel like is representative of me and my personality. My frustration got the best of me, so I apologize for that and anybody that had to watch that.”
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.
“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.