Orioles’ starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez got thrown out against the Boston Red Sox last night after he had a no-hit bid through four innings.
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Having one of the best starts to a season he’s had in recent memory, Baltimore Orioles‘ starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has gone two starts without surrendering a run. However, on Friday evening against the Boston Red Sox, he was going strong without allowing a hit before he was tossed by the ump for intentionally throwing at Pablo Sandoval.
Why did this happen so abruptly?
Earlier in the game, Sandoval reached base on a walk and a ground ball was hit. Lumbering his way to second base, the Red Sox third baseman took a hard slide into the leg of Orioles’ second baseman Jonathan Schoop.
As you can see, Sandoval purposely slid into Schoop’s leg in dangerous fashion, something baseball players don’t take too kindly to.
In a retaliation, Jimenez plunked Sandoval the next time he came to the plate — everyone knew and expected that it would happen. This is sometimes just a part of the game. However, even as Ubaldo had not given up any hits, the ump was quick with the trigger and tossed him from the game.
Buck Showalter was not very pleased with the quick reaction and came out in Ubaldo’s defense. The ump had already made up his mind and, controversially, upheld his decision.
Some might say it’s a bit of a no-no to toss a pitcher from his own no-no without any warnings given.