Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Talk About A Bad Beat

Talk about pitcher stupidity.
From ESPN:  Revenge was a fleeting thing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Milwaukee Brewers got their payback the very next pitch.
Jonathan Lucroy homered twice, including a grand slam in an eventful seventh inning, and the Brewers made it two in a row over Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks 7-5 on Tuesday night.
Lucroy's slam to center came on Brad Ziegler's first delivery after Arizona reliever Evan Marshall was ejected for hitting Ryan Braun with a pitch.
"They won the tough-guy points, but I don't know what the stats are for those," Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse said. "We won the game because of that."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke called Lucroy's at-bat "probably the best I've ever seen."
"After they smoke our guy, they bring in their closer, the first pitch he sees he hits a grand slam. There's no way an at-bat can get bigger than that," he said.
It was the first grand slam and only the 16th home run allowed by Ziegler, who is not usually the Arizona closer.
The Brewers couldn't understand why the Diamondbacks picked that moment to hit Braun.
"We know the way the game works," Braun said. "I was surprised I got hit in that situation, those circumstances -- go-ahead run at second base, tying run at third."
Lohse (8-2), who had hit three batters all season, plunked two in his six innings. He grazed Didi Gregorius to start the game, then hit Chris Owings just below the back of his head to start the sixth.
Lohse also threw one over Bolsinger's head, and the Brewers hit a batter in Monday night's win as well.
All that apparently led to Marshall retaliating....
Marshall came in and gave up a pinch-hit single to Lyle Overbay, then a double by Scooter Gennett to put runners on second and third. That brought up Braun.
Marshall's first pitch went behind the batter, leading plate umpire Ted Barrett to walk to the mound for a nose-to-nose conversation with the Arizona pitcher. The very next pitch, Marshall plunked Braun just above the left hip to load the bases.
If you had Arizona, you suffered a very bad beat.

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