On Kevin Gausman’s 20th pitch of the night and his first pitch of the second inning, he hung a breaking ball to Xander Bogaerts.
Home-plate ump and crew chief Sam Holbrook tossed Gausman, the Orioles starter, after he hit Bogaerts in the back — an unwarranted ejection considering the pitch went 76 mph.
In the strange tale of the Red Sox and Orioles this season, now the umpiring crew is involved. And the Orioles have every right to be unhappy. Dipping into the bullpen in the second inning could hurt the Orioles for days.
No were warnings were issued before the game at Fenway Park. They didn’t have to be, in effect, because commissioner Rob Manfred probably put everyone on edge when he held a conference call that included both teams’ managers.
Farrell before the game explained why it's a better scenario for teams that no warnings are issued.
“When you do that at the outset before the game even starts, I think it affects the play of the game, because still pitchers have to pitch to both sides of the plate,” Farrell said. “They have to pitch with some conviction and say if you're trying to throw a fastball in on a hitter, whether for a strike or in off the plate for effect, which is common. If you don't have that conviction, that is when the results probably aren't what you're looking to get. When you have a warning, the pitcher may be a little bit more tentative throwing a pitch in on a guy."
So much for that.
Holbrook chucked Gausman immediately. Catcher Caleb Joseph might have been the angriest of all, jumping up into Holbrook’s face.
The Orioles will likely be angry after Wednesday's game, but that anger may finally be directed somewhere other than the Sox.
Mookie Betts on Wednesday afternoon talked of moving on from the bad blood, as did Farrell.
“You have two teams that are highly competitive,” Farrell said before the game. “Two teams that support one another on their club. That hasn't been a one incident type of situation. I think that is pretty clear. We're looking forward to playing a good hard brand of baseball. We know there's some pitches that have gotten away from both sides.”