Saturday night’s Indians game was a rough go-around: A 6-0 final deficit, Trevor Bauer walking the first four batters, the crash at the plate with Lou Marson and Bauer eventually hitting in the game.
But what reportedly irked Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon the most post-game was how he believed Cody Allen intentionally hit Rays star Evan Longoria in the seventh. The pitch clearly hit Longoria in the back-side.
“It’s pretty much a consensus opinion that he did it intentionally,” Maddon said. “I’ll say one thing unequivocally, I know it didn’t come from Tito [Francona].”
In regards to any sort of retaliation, Maddon was pretty adamant about where he thought it was directed.
“I know it was a clean baseball play that did not deserve that kind of retaliation. . . . For me, it had to come from one of the players, and I would absolutely point to their bullpen.”
After the hit-by-pitch, both teams were warned about future plunkings by the umpires.
The Desmond Jennings-Marson collision took place in the bottom of the third. Marson had to leave the game, forcing Carlos Santana to move from DH to catcher, making the Tribe the first AL team since ’99 to have a pitcher bat. Marson is listed as day-to-day with a neck strain.
Overall, it’s just another facet to an unusually chippy game for just the fifth contest of the season. But more importantly, with a third straight loss, the Indians now sit at 2-3 and on the verge of a series sweep this afternoon in Tampa.
[Related: Rays blank Cleveland again, Tribe falls 6-0 in Bauer’s debut]