Last night’s game between the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park was not exactly a love-fest.
The game featured four hit batsman, and one attempted HBP by Giants reliever George Kontos that wound up with the ball thrown behind the batter.
A warning was issued following Kontos’ missed attempt, but he went on to drill Andrew McCutchen anyway, prompting an ejecting of Kontos and manager Bruce Bochy.
On Wednesday, MLB handed down suspensions to both Kontos and Bochy — Kontos for three games, and Bochy for one game, which he will serve tonight.
Kontos was also sent down by the Giants to Triple A Fresno, and Sandy Rosario was called up. To cap it all off, today is Kontos’ birthday, so it cannot get any worse than this for him.
You can watch last night’s events here:
As you can see, things got started when Pirates’ starter Gerrit Cole hit Gregor Blanco with an inside fastball in the second inning, and the Giants’ Tim Lincecum retaliated by throwing up and in to Pedro Alvarez in the third.
Tempers calmed down for the next few innings, until the seventh, when Pirates reliever Tony Watson nailed Marco Scutaro on the hand. Scutaro was in obvious pain, throwing down his helmet and taking himself out of the game. It was later revealed that he has a mallet finger, which could keep him out for a while. However, he plans to avoid surgery for now, and wants to play as soon as this weekend in Atlanta.
Kontos took the hill for the Giants in the next inning, and everything escalated from there that led to the suspensions today.
The Giants will play two more games in Pittsburgh, as they are in the midst of a nine-game road trip.