ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A lot for that water below the bridge.
Simply sooner or later after Toronto supervisor Charlie Montoyo downplayed the truth that Tampa Bay Rays middle fielder Kevin Kiermaier had scooped up a scouting card that fell out of Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk‘s wristband as “agua under the bridge,” fireworks erupted on Wednesday.
Within the eighth inning of the sequence finale, Toronto pitcher Ryan Borucki plunked Kiermaier to open the body. Phrases have been exchanged, and each dugouts shortly emptied. Whereas the 2 groups by no means got here collectively, Borucki was ejected for his actions, prompting Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo and enraged pitching coach Pete Walker to storm out of the dugout to argue as gamers spilled onto the sphere. Walker additionally was tossed, and there have been no incidents between the gamers.
“Oh yeah, it was intentional,” Kiermaier mentioned of Borucki, who hit him along with his first pitch within the eighth through the Rays’ 7-1 victory, which clinched a postseason berth.
“Just about virtually went behind me,” Kiermaier mentioned. “I assumed it was a weak transfer, to be fairly sincere. It is over. It did not damage by any means, so I do not care. No matter. We transfer on. We obtained a sequence win, and I hope we play these guys, I actually do.”
When requested why he desires to face Toronto once more, Kiermaier replied: “The motivation is there. That is all that must be mentioned.”
Borucki, for his half, mentioned he wasn’t deliberately throwing at Kiermaier.
“I needed to go down and away, as I used to be coming ahead I felt the ball slip out of my hand and I missed up and in, and I unintentionally hit him,” Borucki mentioned. “They’ll suppose need they need over there of their locker room, however it’s what it’s.”
Borucki was tossed by crew chief Joe West.
“I used to be similar to, I missed arm-side, like I miss arm-side rather a lot,” Borucki mentioned. “I pitch inside on a regular basis, and he was like, ‘You’ve got simply obtained to go.”’
Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe known as the hit by pitch “type of bush league,” whereas manger Kevin Money mentioned he was disillusioned.
Montoyo mentioned Kiermaier was not hit deliberately, sustaining he did not need to use one other pitcher within the one-sided recreation.
“Pete’s response advised me the whole lot about it,” Montoyo mentioned. “He missed. He hit him, however I perceive what it appears to be like like. I understood how the Rays obtained upset about it. That factor was on for 2 days.”
Previous to Wednesday’s recreation, Kiermaier expressed his disbelief with the quantity of damaging consideration the story had generated, calling it “exhausting to consider.”
Kiermaier was known as out sliding into house through the sixth inning of the Rays’ 6-Four win Monday evening and noticed a strip of paper mendacity subsequent to him after the play. He casually picked it up and took it again to Tampa Bay’s dugout, the place he handed it to Paul Hoover, the membership’s subject coordinator.
Kiermaier thought the cardboard was his scouting report.
“We’re making this manner too advanced,” Kiermaier mentioned. “I noticed a number of phrases on it, simply figuring out it wasn’t mine I did not have a look at it, nonetheless have not checked out it. Do not even know what the heck is on it.
“A pair seconds after, I spotted it wasn’t ours and at that time, I am not giving it again,” Kiermaier added. “I am not going to stroll to the opposite dugout or discover one other means. They’ll suppose no matter they need over there, they’re entitled to an opinion. I am over it, although.”
Money apologized to Blue Jays administration earlier than Tuesday evening’s recreation.
Kiermaier identified his scouting card got here out when he slid into second base throughout a current recreation in opposition to Detroit and Tigers infielder Niko Goodrum tried grabbing it. Kiermaier jokingly put his foot on it and mentioned, “You possibly can’t have it.”
When requested if he did something unsuitable, Kiermaier replied: “No.”
“It is easy to sit down right here after the very fact figuring out it is their card, I perceive,” Kiermaier mentioned. “At that second I simply ran 360 feet-plus [trying to score on an infield hit and throwing error] and I am sitting there making an attempt to course of the play, considering my scouting report is on the bottom, grabbing it, simply strolling again making an attempt to go on the market on protection and catch my breath considering it is completed and over with.”
There have been no incidents in Tuesday’s recreation stemming from the state of affairs.
Data from The Related Press was used on this report.