BALTIMORE—Ubaldo Jimenez and Yordano Ventura were the opposing pitchers. Both are natives of the Dominican Republic. Jimenez was the winning pitcher in Tuesday night’s game, and Ventura was the loser, and could be handed a lengthy suspension for throwing at Manny Machado.
“I guess he threw a couple of pitches to Manny. There’s no kidding when you’re throwing 99 mph, and hitting people. I think they have to find a way to help him out,” Jimenez said.
“They have to find somebody to help him out because if they want him to stay a long time in the big leagues. He has such an amazing talent…You see that every day. There’s a lot of people that are not in baseball because of the way they act. He needs some help.”
Jimenez was on Machado’s side in the brawl.
“It’s part of the game. I think he threw at him, and of course, you want to react. It’s a fight out there. If you see a guy throwing 99 to you, it’s not easy to take. You step back and do what you have to do.”
Soon after Machado’s ejection, Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run.
After he saw Machado and Ventura jawing at each other after Machado’s second inning at-bat, he knew what was going to happen.
“Zero surprise factor. It’s unfortunate. I think it’s probably been said quite a few times. That’s not the reason we play this game, you know. It’s important for everyone that’s at this level and in the game, period, to go about their business their right way. This isn’t the type of stuff that’s good for the game, and it’s unfortunate, but you have to deal with it,” Trumbo said.
Trumbo stood with Machado, too.
“He’s one of us. We’re behind him through thick and thin. I don’t think this is going to become a huge deal. It obviously is. We’re just going to look forward to what’s ahead,” Machado said.