Thursday, April 29, 2010
Bunt, Cake: Angels 4, Indians 3
Probably would have been more noteworthy except for the win: Mike Scioscia's ejection on a disputed check swing call in Hideki Matsui's second inning at-bat.
Matsui nearly fell down trying to get out of the way of the pitch, and replays appeared to show his bat crossing the plate. Home plate umpire Joe West asked for help from third-base counterpart Rob Drake, who ruled that Matsui had swung at the pitch.
"He's jumping out of the way of it trying to get his balance and that was somehow construed as a swing," Scioscia said. " … That call was mind-boggling."
Scioscia had a brief exchange with Drake, who mimicked a swing with his arm and ejected the manager while he was on the top step of the dugout.
Update: I had to include this here but didn't get to it yesterday, since I captured this on my work desktop:
No wonder the Angels won — they got an extra out in the ninth! j/k
Also, I wonder if Kendrick was influenced by how easily the drag bunt in the top half of the inning worked.
Howie's bunt was on the first pitch by Chris Perez, not Joe Smith. I had to check the Indians roster sheet when they announced Chris Perez coming into the game to replace Rafael Perez. I did not realize the Tribe had two Perez' in their bullpen. With two outs and a runner on third I thought Cleveland's best strategy was to intentionally walk Juan Rivera and Howie Kendrick to get to Brandon Wood. We will never know how that alternative universe would have worked out.