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Victorino Suspended; Giants Get Slap on Wrist

Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino has been suspended for three games following Friday’s bench-clearing brawl.   Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez purposely hit Victorino with a pitch and the catcher Eli Whiteside attempted to tackle Placido Polanco for rushing to Victorino’s aid.

The other three players, Ramirez, Whiteside and Polanco received fines of undisclosed amounts.

Yes, the two Giants who started the whole ruckus did NOT get suspended.   

So what the league is saying is that pitchers can now throw at guys without fear of suspension, even if it is blatantly intentional?  And then teammates can tackle guys to escalate the situation, also with no real consequence?  Wow.

I understand that Victorino shoved the umpire, which is very bad, so I have no problem with the three games if the Giants players got at least one game each for starting it.  But this ruling gives the impression that it was all Shane.  It is nothing but a slap on the wrist for the two Giants players who started the whole incident.

And Polanco? All he did was rush to help Victorino with what appeared to be intent to get Victorino out of there before the situation got too intense.  Instead, Polanco gets tackled and then fined?  Ridiculous.

Ramirez threw at Victorino intentionally.  The umpire was issuing him a warning right as things got heated.  The rookie umpire should have tossed Ramirez from the game initially.  But regardless of the rookie error, Ramirez is the one who caused the incident.

And had Whiteside not tackled Polanco, the brawl would have been nothing more that harsh words tossed around.  Victorino was wrong to shove the umpire, but the situation does not even get to that point if Whiteside does not act like a fool, jumping around and looking for a reason to fight.

This is clearly bias by the league.  And I’ll bet Jered Weaver is pissed; he just got a 6-game suspension for intentionally throwing a pitch at Alex Avila last Sunday.  And do not forget Carlos Carrasco who was given the same suspension for throwing at the head of Royals DH Billy Butler last Friday.

Granted, tossing at the head is worse, so 6 games makes sense, and they are starters.  So one or two games for a relief pitcher like Ramirez should be automatic by these standards.  Still, the league gives Ramirez a slap on the wrist with just a fine.

Victorino is appealing the suspension, as he should.  Because this is a huge load of crap and a disgusting display of prejudice by the league towards a guy with a reputation of being easily excitable.

Hey MLB – BOO!  Bad call.

 

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Hamels Beats Cain in Complete Game Effort

After Friday’s bench-clearing brawl when Ramon Ramirez purposely hit Shane Victorino with a pitch, Saturday’s Phillies – Giants match-up was going to be huge for both teams.  And each team had one of their top pitchers starting; Cole Hamels for the Phils and Matt Cain for the Giants.

 

It turned into a classic pitcher’s duel, with Hamels coming out on top.  The Phillies got to Cain early, scoring two runs in the first inning.  Jimmy Rollins double to start the inning and Hunter Pence drove him in with a single.  Chase Utley, who had walked, cruised home on a wild pitch to put the Phillies up 2-0.

But that was pretty much all of the offense for either team until the ninth inning.  Hamels held down the 2-0 lead as Cain returned to form after the first inning.  There were some hits sprinkled here and there, but no one crossed home plate.

Hamels had a complete game shut-out going through the ninth with two outs when Pablo Sandoval took him deep to left.  The solo homer did not engage the crowd for long as Hamels ended the game with just one more pitch as Orlando Cabrera grounded out.

Well, at least all of the Giants fans wearing those ridiculous panda hats felt a little less silly after the Sandoval homer.

Still, that does not change the fact that the Phillies have won the series, winning three straight against the Giants with one more game to go.  The Phillies total win streak now stands at nine games.

Right after the game, the Phillies optioned relief pitcher Juan Perez to the minors as Roy Oswalt was activated and will start Sunday’s game.

The only possible issue after today’s game is Placido Polanco, who was lifted from the game early with left hip soreness.   Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki tweeted that the injury is unrelated to his previous back issues.

However, a very big question now looms in the air.  During Friday night’s brawl, Giants catcher Eli Whiteside took a cheap shot at Polanco and attempted to tackle him by the knees.  You have to wonder if this has anything to do with the hip soreness.

There have been a lot of different reactions to the brawl and the Whiteside tackle, who nonchalantly stated after the game that he used to play football.  Why exactly would he bring that up?  Hmmmmm….

So here is just a small sampling of some of the reaction, mostly from media members, via Twitter yesterday.  What do you think?:

Sports Illustrated: SI_JonHeyman Jon Heyman

I agree with victorino, eli whiteside was the instigater in phillies giants brawl. No lie, eli deserves longest suspension

 

Sirius XM radio: MadDogUnleashed Chris Mad Dog Russo

Hey giants, how about beating the phillies before you throw at them down 8-2 & eli whiteside when youre johnny bench then u can tackle guys

 

Philly SportsCast: PhillySports Philly SportsCast

Giants Are Sore Losers: Phillies are the class of Major League Baseball, while the Giants have become sore loser… http://bit.ly/q9aVpX

 

FOX Sports: jonmorosi Jon Morosi

#SFGiants have been outclassed by the #Phillies this wknd — and Friday’s brawl is only part of the reason. My column: http://t.co/TNoZd3I

 

FOX Sports: jonmorosi Jon Morosi

One point about the Rollins SB: #SFGiants were holding him on 1B. So how surprising could it have been? #Phillies

 

Fan & Hospital Chaplain: peacemover peacemover

Larry Andersen on Ramon Ramirez of #Giants deliberately hitting Victorino of #Phillies: “That’s about as gutless as you can get.” Agreed!

 

Fan & Hospital Chaplain: peacemover peacemover

That was a classless move from #Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez who clearly beaned Victorino of the #Phillies deliberately. No excuse for that.

 

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area: JaymeeSireCSN Jaymee Sire

Eli Whiteside has no comment on the brawl. He played QB in high school in case anyone was wondering about his tackling skills.

 

Fan: Philadelphiandy Andrew Harris

I guess I can’t argue with Victorino being thrown out, but Ramon Ramirez and Eli Whiteside clearly instigated this fight.

 

NBC: DashTreyhorn Dash Treyhorn

Just watched the video of the brawl. Whiteside was clearly looking for a fight, as evidenced by his silly hop right before tackling Polly.

 

Delaware County Times: ryanlawrence21 Ryan Lawrence

Eli Whiteside‘s hopping was totally Cobra Kai.

 

CSN Philly: RochesRWinners Dan Roche

Watch Whiteside on the replay.. No other evidence necessary that the pitch was premeditated. #Phillies #SFGiants #BushLeague

 

Editor, Crash Burn Alley: Phrontiersman Paul Boyé

Saw the “brawl” finally. Call my bias all you like, but nothing more than jawing happens last night if Whiteside doesn’t act a fool.

 

Game 4 starts at 4:05pm on Sunday; Roy Oswalt will pitch.

 

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Sore Losers Cause Bench Clearing Brawl in Phillies Win Over Giants

The Phillies – Giants 4-game series began on Thursday night with Cliff Lee pitching a complete game shut-out for a 3-0 Phillies victory.  Hunter Pence and John Mayberry Jr. hit back to back homers in the second inning, providing most of the offense.

On Friday night with the Giants losing 8-2 in the sixth inning, things got a lot more dramatic.  Upset with the spanking they were taking, a few Giants players let their emotions get the better of them.

With two men on base, relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez purposely nailed Shane Victorino in the back with a fastball.  Seeing the obvious intent, the home plate ump signaled a warning to Ramirez.  Both Ramirez and Victorino started aggressively towards each other and the benches cleared.

 

But what may have been a few harsh words exchanged heatedly turned into a dangerous situation when the Giants catcher, Eli Whiteside, decided this was a WWF event instead of a baseball game.

Placido Polanco ran over to try to stop Victorino from letting things get out of hand and Whiteside literally dove at Polanco and tackled him by the legs.  And this happened not at the spur of the moment, but after Whiteside had bounced up and down multiple times like a boxer in anticipation of the body slam.  The pre-meditated attack was way out of line and once that happened, it became a full-out brawl.

All three players, Ramirez, Whiteside and Victorino were ejected from the game.  Rivalry between teams is a natural occurrence, especially between teams who are closely matched.  But throwing at a player simply because you are losing the game is bad sportsmanship and childish.  The Phillies did nothing to warrant the attack, no showboating, no mincing of words.  So Ramirez threw at Victorino just because he was a sore loser.  Sad.

Victorino was entitled to verbally express his anger at the pitcher and did nothing wrong there.  However, his lack of self-control afterwards is likely going to end up in a suspension, fine or both.  Then again, if I saw my teammate get tackled like that, I would probably have done the same.

However, I do hope the league takes tougher action against Ramirez and Whiteside; Ramirez started the problem and Whiteside aggravated it.  The rest of the players on both sides were just understandably backing up their teammates, so this should not be a reflection on anyone else.

Revenge should be taken in the form of baseball actions, which is exactly what the Phillies did.  Vance Worley pitched very well through seven innings, allowing only two runs.  And the offense backed him up with a lot of offense.

Home runs from Victorino, Hunter Pence and John Mayberry Jr. tacked on four runs for the Phillies.  All three players had a multi-hit game, along with Polanco and Jimmy Rollins knocked in two runs.

Mayberry has been amazing with three home runs and five RBI in his last four games.  He is making it nearly impossible for the Phillies to send him back to Triple-A after Roy Oswalt comes off the DL.

So the Phillies have taken the first two games of this 4-game series, making a huge statement to the Giants.  They cannot lose the series and you can also be sure they will be fired up for the next two after Friday’s events.

Game 3 starts at 4:10pm; Cole Hamels will pitch.

 

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