Apr 24, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Paul Clemens (56) walks off the mound after being ejected from the game during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Astros’ Paul Clemens hit Jed Lowrie on own


Baseball karma has a way of quickly asserting itself within the boundaries of the game.

In the 7th inning of Thursday night’s game, pitting Oakland against Houston, Paul Clemens pitched to Jed Lowrie. Actually, ‘pitched’ might be too nice of a word. Clemens threw at Lowrie’s hip area, and the A’s shortstop turned to get pegged in his backside. Clemens was immediately ejected by the home plate umpire. Toby Basner apparently had seen the footage from last week’s contest between the two teams.

In last week’s game, Houston manager Bo Porter was offended that Lowrie went to bunt against Clemens in a game in which Oakland was leading 7-0. Clemens, apparently tasked with plunking Lowrie, missed twice. That led to this week, and while Clemens got the job done, it apparently wasn’t with the blessing of the team, says ESPN Sunday Night Baseball color analyst Chris Singleton.

Josh Donaldson crushed the first pitch from Clemens’ replacement, Anthony Bass, for his second homer of the night, scoring Lowrie.

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