Toronto Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie was ejected on Wednesday when he was called out on strikes by home-plate umpire Bill Miller. Lawrie started out his at bat problems when he allowed a pitch to go by which appeared to be ball four. Miller called the ball a strike despite Lawrie’s disagreement. With a 3-2 count, Rays pitcher Fernando Rodney blew a fastball on the outside part of the plate which also looked to be ball four. Lawrie jogged down the first base line thinking it was a walk just to be wrung up by Bill Miller. The pitch was obviously high and outside. Lawrie’s actions following that cost him an ejection and four more games. He crouched down in disbelief and began to argue with Miller. Instantly, he was run from the game but Lawrie wasn’t finished. He took off the batting helment and spiked it at the ground which bounced off of Miller and caused him to turn around. Following Lawrie’s ejection was Blue Jays manager John Farrel’s as he also disagreed with the two pitches that were called strikes. After the game, Lawrie was suspended for four games and appealed today.
“I just think that it’s easiest to put this behind me,” Lawrie told a group of reporters on Thursday afternoon. “I feel like this is an opportunity for me to end it. Plus, getting it reduced, it was a coin flip. We didn’t know if they were going to reduce the games or what not. I think it’s just easy enough to suck this one up and take these four games and move on.”
As a fan of Lawrie, I was disappointed by his actions, but the apology was done in a professional manor. I would expect other fans of him to forgive for his actions.
Rockies starting lineup:
- Marco Scuturo-SS
- Dexter Fowler-CF
- Carlos Gonzalez-LF
- Michael Cuddyer-RF
- Todd Helton-1B
- Wilin Rosario
- Chris Nelson
- Jonathan Herrera
- Juan Nicasio
Padres starting lineup:
- Wil Venable
- Chris Denorfia
- Chase Headley
- Jose Guzman
- Yonder Alonso
- Nick Hundley
- Jason Bartlett
- Orlando Hudson
- Clayton Richard
Alex Rodriguez is creeping up on Barry Bonds in the All-Time home run list. A-Rod tied Ken Griffey Jr. in career home runs for fifth on the home run list today. He blasted a shot of Ervin Santana in the bottom of third on a shot to center field giving him the first RBI and home run of the year.
Although, Rodriguez has had issues with PED’s in the past, he has still recovered from that and turned out to still be a great hitter. Taking out the years he took steroids (2001-2003), the years that he played with the Texas Rangers, he would still have 474 home runs. After being moved to the three hole in the line A-Rod has progressed.
If Alex Rodriguez can hit 31 home runs this year, he will tie Willie Mays at fourth place on the home run list who is only followed by former home run leaders Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755). Barry Bonds technically is the all-time home run leader but he has had some PED problems also.
Barry Bonds has tested positive for steroids seven times over his career. Bonds has been found guilty for obstruction. Bonds was on a list of serveral who had tested positive including Brian Roberts, Jason Giambi, and David Justice.
The Rockies started off the series well as they won a close one here in Denver of a score of 7-6.
After the fourth inning, the Rockies hopes of winning were very slim. They weren’t doing horrible but definitely not as well as the D-Backs. In the top of the first, future star Paul Goldschmidt hit a line drive single to center scoring Justin Upton and Miguel Montero. The Rockies came right back at the D-Backs when Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run. Ramon Hernandez added another run as he too hit a solo home run in the second. With the score tied 2-2, the D-Backs came alive. Miguel Montero hit his first homer of the season as he lifted one out to right field in the third. Geoff Blum hit a sac fly and Ryan Roberts hit a RBI double to make it 6-2..
The Rockies weren’t done though. Ramon Hernandez hit a two run double to make it 6-4. Then, in the fourth, Todd Helton came through as he smashed a two-run single to make it 6-6. Nothing happened until the bottom of the eighth inning when Helton came up again with two on. On a 2-2 pitch, Helton hit the ball out to deep right field. The ball stayed fair but only but a couple of yards. Carlos Gonzalez was able to jog home from third make it 7-6 Rockies. Rafael Betancourt finished the D-Backs off to secure the save.
“That was a character building win right there,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said after the game. “Obviously Juan [Nicasico] didn’t have it tonight, but our bullpen tonight, just like yesterday afternoon, was tremendous. I think personally the difference in the game was in the top of the fourth inning when [Jason] Kubel singled and [Justin] Upton doubles and they had second and third with no body out. The pitching we saw from Esmil Rodgers was possibly the best we have saw since he’s put on a Rockies uniform at the major league level. I’ve never seen him better.
The Colorado Rockies have regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Marco Scuturo reached on an error to begin the inning. Emmaunel Burriss lost his footing at second which caused Brandon Belt to come off the base allowing Scuturo to reach. Dexter Fowler singled to left but Scuturo tried to make it to third. Nate Schierholtz, who has a great arm, tried to gun him down but Scuturo slid out of the way of the tag. Fowler advances to second on the play. Carlos Gonzalez hit a ball to first baseman Brandon Belt. He fielded the ball cleanly and Guillermo Mota just reached the bag to get the diving Gonzalez out at first base.Marco Scuturo and Dexter Fowler advanced to tie up the game at seven. Troy Tulowitzki dipped a ball into right-center field allowing Fowler to score to give the Rockies the lead.
Todd Helton came up to face Mota now. He hit a high pitch to the right field corner which bounced off the foul ball line just allowing the ball to be fair. The hit turned out to be a 350 ft. single. Tulo reached third. Michael Cuddyer hit a double following that allowing Tulo to score. The Rockies are now up 9-7 in the bottom of the fifth. Stay tuned for more update and score alerts.
Working on a shutout, Jeremy Guthrie hit the worst inning so far with the Rockies. When the Rockies played Houston for their first game, Guthrie gave up back-to-back home runs. He did it again in this game. With the Rockies up 6-0 in the top of the fourth inning, Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford also hit back-to-back home runs. Emmanuel Burriss singled and then stole second. He reached third after Brandon Belt grounded out. Angel Pagan walked before Melky Cabrera singled scoring Burriss to make it 6-3. KongFu Panda hit a double to left scoring Pagan and letting Melky Cabrera reach third. Pinch hitter Gregor Blanco walked to load the bases. With the score 6-4, Hector Sanchez, in his eighth MLB at bat, singled to tie the ballgame up at six. Nate Schierholtz came up again and gave the Giants the lead as he smacked a sac fly. The Rockies will have to work hard in order to get their lead back after that monster inning.