Benches Clear in Game 2 of World Series After Royals Rough Up Hunter Strickland (Videos)
Say goodbye to Giants rookie pitcher Hunter Strickland. After tying a Major League record by giving up his fifth home run of the postseason, then giving Salvador Perez the evil eye and nearly starting a brawl, it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing him again in this World Series in any high leverage situations.
Strickland was pitching in double-A two months ago. The Giants called him up at the end of August because he throws the ball 100 mph, and he pitched 7.0 innings in nine late-season appearances with nine strikeouts, zero walks, and zero home runs. Then he made his postseason debut in the division series against the Nationals and got a huge out, striking out Ian Desmond with the bases loaded and the Giants up 2-0.
However, the inning after he struck out Desmond, Strickland gave up two home runs. Then he gave up two more home runs over his next three postseason appearances, because big leaguers can hit 100 mph fastballs when they’re straight.
That brings us to Game 2 of the World Series last night. Giants manager Bruce Bochy brought Strickland in after the Royals took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on first and second, Strickland threw a wild pitch that moved them up to second and third. Then he gave up a two-run double to Perez and a two-run home run—his fifth of the postseason—to light-hitting Omar Infante.
And that was it. Strickland was PISSED. He had given Perez a death stare after his double, and he gave him another one when he crossed the plate after Infante’s home run. So Perez basically said, “WTF bro?”, to which Strickland responded with “Shut the f#%& up [email protected]*&er!” And the benches cleared.
Here is KC’s big inning:
And here is everyone talking about the Strickland-Perez affair after the game:
Like I said, say goodbye to Hunter Strickland. If Bochy goes to him again with the game on the line, I would be shocked.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]