On Drilling Pierzynski
Retaliation is a part of baseball, but retaliating against A.J. Pierzynski in the third inning of today’s game wasn’t the right time for the Rays to do so.
Pierzynski reigns as the Major League Baseball’s resident Bill Laimbeer–fans hate him unless he plays for their team, and he probably went a little over the line the way he went into Ben Zobrist’s ankle at second base Tuesday night. So the Rays had to take action at some point, that’s just part of the game. Only a tie ball game isn’t the time to do it.
Alex Cobb had just escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second without allowing any runs. Luke Scott then tied the game at 1 with a solo home run. Beaning Pierzynski in the helped fuel a two-run third. And the way the Rays have been scoring runs lately, a two-run deficit is pretty tough to overcome.
The Rays don’t play the White Sox again until September. Wouldn’t it have been a better idea to shelve that message pitch until then?