The Giants defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 8-2 on Tuesday, but not before a situation occurred involving Shaun Anderson and Mike Trout.
With Trout up at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, Anderson whirled a 95 mph fastball behind the All-Star centerfielder.
Trout reacted with some emotion, but while Angels manager Joe Maddon doesn't believe it was intentional, he made an odd critique.
“That’s just a young man that’s not ready to be here, that’s all that is,” Maddon said of Anderson (h/t Jeff Fletcher of The OC Register). “There was no intent. This kid has had command issues. Like a lot of young pitchers, they don’t know where their fastball is going.”
Maddon saying Anderson isn't "ready to be here" sounds off. Over two seasons, Anderson has pitched in 38 games and has amassed 104 1/3 innings on the mound. He is an established big league pitcher, and even started 16 games for the Giants in 2019.
After the pitch, Trout immediately starting shaking his head at Anderson, who immediately wiped his pitching hand on the back of his pant leg. That's when the umpires briefly got together in order to discuss whether or not it was deemed intentional. The did not issue any warnings, and Anderson completed the inning.
Earlier, in the top of the fifth, Giants third baseman Evan Longoria had been hit in the back with a pitch, so tensions could have been high.
Meanwhile, Giants manager Gabe Kapler later said Anderson was a bit jumpy during his outing, but denied it being intentional.
"We don't throw at people," Kapler said. "It's not who we are."