David Ortiz went into another rage last night after being called out on strikes in a crucial, bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning by Andrew Miller. Miller then struck out Hanley Ramirez to give the Yanks a 3-2 win in an electric game at Yankee Stadium.
Ortiz after the game said that not only were there two bad calls that went against him, but what the umpire had done was magnified because “everyone is watching”.
That’s right David Ortiz — “Everyone is watching”.
And many of those watching are thinking the same thing:
You’re 40 years old and hitting better than when you were in your mid twenties. A .313 avg with 7 homers already on pace for another 35-40 homer season. Why retire? What you are doing, hitting wise is “Incredible”, aka beyond cedible. To the point where it raises an eyebrow.
And you SMASHED that phone in the dugout in 2013. And you’ve come out on lists. And there are steroids still being used that tests don’t capture.
So yes David Ortiz — “Everyone is watching”. And #ROIDRAGE was trending on twitter last night.
Andrew Miller “Threw It Right Where I Wanted To”
Lost in the shuffle last night was the fact that the pitch Ortiz was hot about — a 3-1 pitch to him with bases loaded and 1 out — Andrew Miller thought he had thrown a good pitch — a slider that he thought catcher Brian McCann had called for, while McCann was waiting for a fastball:
“From their perspective, I’m sure it looked really funny and really bad,” Miller said. “But from my perspective, it looked like I thought I threw it right where I wanted to.”
“The 3-1 pitch, I had it coming through the zone,” umpire Ron Kulpa said. “That’s why I called it a strike. Brian McCann didn’t help me out. He took the ball down a little bit. But the pitch still came through the zone. And the 3-2 pitch, I had it in the zone right down the middle.”
Michael Pineda started off shaky, but settled down and pitched 6 very good innings. Jacoby Ellsbury injured his hamstring on the basepaths, so was replaced by Aaron Hicks, who moved over from right to center — and Dustin Ackley came into the game to play right field. This double switch hurt the Yankees in the 6th as Hicks misplayed two short fly balls — not reacting and letting them fall in front of him for singles, causing obvious anger from Pineda. In the 7th Ackley misplayed a ball in right, misjudging it badly as it went over his head.
Hicks made up for his 6th inning blunders with a shot into the right-field bleachers for the go-ahead, game winning homerun in the 7th. Chasen Shreve and Kirby Yates pitched well to hold the Red Sox in the 7th and Dellin Betances came into his third straight game in the 8th — got two outs but allowed a hit so Miller came in for a 4-out save.
Brett Gardner, Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius, Ackley, McCann, and Hicks got the Yankee hits — only 6. Chase Headley did not play. Ron Torreyes played 3rd; Mark Teixeira made some splendid plays in the field but was 0-4 and hit into a double play at the plate; Carlos Beltran also went hitless. Rookie Ben Gamel got into his first game, playing right field as a defensive replacement in the 8th and 9th.