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.
Source close to #Astros told me Clemens acted on his own in hitting Lowrie Thurs. Bush league move. Yall missed him last week so move on.
— Chris Singleton (@c_singleton) April 25, 2014
Josh Donaldson crushed the first pitch from Clemens’ replacement, Anthony Bass, for his second homer of the night, scoring Lowrie.