More hit batters, but no ejections

Two Braves players were hit by pitches on Sunday — no Brewers  were ejected.

This followed Saturday’s game when one Brewers player was hit by a pitch — yet two Braves  were ejected.

Confused? So were the Braves.

In the sixth inning Sunday, and the Braves leading 8-3, Jason Heyward was hit in the right thigh by Brewers starter Manny Parra. One batter later, Troy Glaus was hit in the left hip by reliever David Riske. No warnings were given and neither pitcher nor Brewers manager Ken Macha were ejected by home plate umpire Scott Barry.

“[Barry] said he didn’t think he threw at him,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said of the explanation after Glaus was hit.

Those incidents followed Saturday’s ejections of Cox and Braves reliever Jonny Venters. Prince Fielder hit a leadoff homer off Tim Hudson to begin the seventh inning and was hit by a pitch in the eighth by Venters. Fielder also was hit by a pitch Friday immediately after a home run by Ryan Braun.

Venters’ first pitch of the inning, a slider, sailed near Fielder’s head and drew a warning from home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez. When the next pitch hit Fielder in the back it led to the immediate ejections.

Macha called for a league review of Saturday’s incident following the game.

Before Sunday’s game, Cox and Macha talked for several minutes while sitting on a maintenance vehicle during batting practice. Neither would reveal the details of the conversation.

“We don’t know if any of those [hit Braves batters] were on purpose,” outfielder Matt Diaz said after Sunday’s game. “All we control is ours, and we know ours weren’t. But [the Saturday incident] did look bad. So if the umpire gave the warning right away and kind of squashed it right away, then he did a good job of taking over the game.

“We’re pretty good at protecting our hitters, and they’re probably pretty good at protecting their guys.”

23 comments Add your comment

Charleston, SC- Doyle

July 18th, 2010
7:18 pm

Could it be??

Charleston, SC- Doyle

July 18th, 2010
7:18 pm

First…. Brewers suck….

Charleston, SC- Doyle

July 18th, 2010
7:24 pm

I wish we played in the Central….Imagine playing the Cubs, Pirates, Astros, and Brewers for half of the schedule…Lol. We might win 120 games this year. Fun fact….The Brewers are 6-14 against the NL East…

awesomeo

July 18th, 2010
7:31 pm

Congrats 1st idiot of the day

awesomeo

July 18th, 2010
7:32 pm

crack some skulls son!

lameo

July 18th, 2010
7:33 pm

Congrats 1st sarcastic douchebag of the day

Stumpknocker

July 18th, 2010
7:38 pm

At least today the Braves brought their bats to the game. Maybe the hit batsmen thing with the Brewers fired up some spirits. They’re gonna have to maintain that level in the next series cause the Padres will put some “ARMS” on the mound.

J

July 18th, 2010
7:45 pm

Who cares….their manager is more worried about their guys getting hit by pitchers…Braves are focused on putting distance on the Phillies and Mets

BornATlien

July 18th, 2010
7:52 pm

I’m waiting for Macha to demand that he be suspended.

FSURob

July 18th, 2010
8:59 pm

Have Jesse Chavez throw at Prince Fielder’s head to make a point. And then when Jesse gets suspended, just release him. That’s what they should do anyway.

Largo

July 18th, 2010
9:47 pm

Is Chavez and Cox related. Almost every time the kid enters a game the opposition hands him his head. Bobby always talks about how well he pitches.

Danlee

July 18th, 2010
11:46 pm

A warning was issued after Heyward was hit by a pitch. No one was ejected after Glaus got hit because it didn’t seem intentional (you don’t hit someone to load the bases, not to mention there was no reason to hit Heyward and Glaus of all people). This story is very misleading, I watched both games in their entirety and all the HBPs seemed to all be accidental. Just wish the Braves would have taken 3 out of 4…

Dorothy Davis

July 19th, 2010
11:03 am

All the hitting batters is way overplayed, but funny how the Braves pitchers got ejected and the Brewers pitchers did not. Seems to me the Umpires have it in for the Braves, on ejections, calls, etc. etc. Whats with that?

dean

July 19th, 2010
11:20 am

Fielder has a rep for admiring his work. Somebody IS going to ear-hole him before it’s all over with. Let him try that chit with Nolan Ryan on the hill.

Randy

July 19th, 2010
11:48 am

“We’re pretty good at protecting our hitters”. It’s high time we leave this macho tit-for-tat behind. What kind of message is this sending to our kids…..that’s it’s ok to send a 90 m.p.h baseball missile at somebody because they’re wearing the opponent’s uniform? This kind of behavior has all the sense and grace of a bench-clearing brawl!

Jay H.

July 19th, 2010
12:30 pm

Randy– you say “bench clearing brawl” like its a bad thing.

GaryG7

July 19th, 2010
12:32 pm

Pitchers don’t throw at Fielder. The ball just gets caught in his gravitational force. Word is that he and the Brewers add an inch to his height and take pounds off because they think other teams will be fooled. Look at his father. Cecil Fielder’s productive years were cut short because he had health problems related to his weight. Prince, take a hint!

Keith

July 19th, 2010
1:39 pm

Yes, it was totally unbalanced and inconsistent. I wasn’t able to see the game yesterday but was completely frustrated and surprised when I read there were 2 hit batsmen and no ejections. What in the world was going on??!

reason

July 19th, 2010
6:00 pm

MLB along with ESPN, CBS, NBC, and a couple of others, have no love for the Brave, even AJC, show a lack of support towards the team. The Braves website has every other sports included, and they keep you up to date, with every move that is made, then, maybe on a good day a couple of lines about the Brave will be written. Suspend Four games is ridicules. Fielder has plenty of padding to protect him, and he try to ran over Gonzales.
Espn doesn’t say one single thing about the Braves being in first place, It’s nothing but Yankees and Boston or L.A.

reason

July 19th, 2010
6:04 pm

One more thing Fielder is as wide as he tall, so it’s hard not to hit him.

[...] with the ejection on Saturday night the suspension seems a little long and harsh. Especially after two Braves were hit on Sunday without as much of a warning or ejection [...]

johnny

July 20th, 2010
10:25 am

it’s baseball .

bvillebaron

July 20th, 2010
11:17 am

Danlee:

I didn’t see Sunday’s game, but your argument in defending the non-ejection of the Brewers’ pitcher when he hit Glaus 2 batters after hitting Heyward and being warned because the situation didn’t dictate it doesn’t add up. To accept that argument, it didnt’ make sense for Venters to hit Fielder when he did either. As I recall it, the Braves were having a big inning when Heyward and Glaus got hit, it was clear that Macha decided to have Parra take one for the team at that point and the Breweres were still steaming from Saturday’s events. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with Venters’ suspension (although it seems excessive for a reliever), but Parra has to at least get tossed after hitting Glaus.

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