Minnesota Twins players were upset Sunday that Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco bunted against the shift for a hit in the ninth inning of Minnesota’s 7-0 victory.
With one out in the ninth, Sisco bunted toward the vacant left side of the infield to get on base. The Orioles eventually loaded the bases, but Jose Berrios worked out of trouble, getting Jonathan Schoop to pop out to the catcher and Adam Jones to strike out to complete the three-hit shutout.
Despite that, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier spoke out about Sisco’s bunt after the game.
Before his bunt in the ninth, Sisco had the only other hit for the Orioles to that point, a double in the third.
Godley’s outing was particularly valuable inasmuch as Arizona used eight pitchers in an 8-7, 15-inning victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday, which set a Chase Field record at five hours, 45 minutes. Had the game gone 16 innings, catcher Jeff Mathis was to pitch.
My goal each and every time out is to do everything I can to help the team win, Godley said. This is one of those times where it called for me to go a little bit longer. I’m glad I could do that.
The Diamondbacks have won four straight series and eight straight regular-season games against the Dodgers, who swept them in the NLDS in October.
Zack had a good game plan. When he needed to make pitches, he did, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. He was aggressive with his fastball, and that led to a lot of negative swings on the breaking ball. I really believe in our five starters. I’m really pleased with us beating Clayton Kershaw.
The rule comes after injury data released by the league in January showed a 13.5 percent increase in diagnosed concussions from 2016 to 2017 (243 to 281) over the preseason and regular season. The increase comes after 28 percent of concussion evaluations were self-reported by players — a nine-point increase over 2016.
McKay said the hit that led to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffering a spinal injury during a game in December was not necessarily what spurred the league to expand the helmet-hit rule.
I think the impetus was the research, McKay said, because the more we saw of the concussion plays and the more there was a common technique, it became more apparent that we needed to get out of situationally saying, ‘Well, if a player Toronto Maple Leafs Cheap Jerseys is targeted or if a defenseless player is in the air we need to get to the Super Cheap Jerseys Fans technique that can protect the person doing the hitting also.’ It could be Ryan Shazier, it could be many others.