Some tight pitching from New York Yankees starter J.A. Happ on Thursday left Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon fuming.
Specifically, it was seeing two fastballs inside during one plate appearance — the second of which was a 90 mph four-seamer that hit Gordon’s right wrist and forced him to leave the game — that had the leadoff hitter enraged.
“I was pissed off. It was the second time he threw up by my head,” Gordon said, according to The Seattle Times. “You’ve got to get the ball down. You can’t throw that pitch. I got a family. You need to get the ball, you need to get the ball the f— down. That’s twice. If you can’t throw that pitch, don’t throw it.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
The third-inning fastball that hit Gordon’s wrist caused immediate and visible discomfort. He removed his helmet and started walking around the area behind home plate at Yankee Stadium, shouting in obvious pain as a team trainer rushed out of the dugout to evaluate him.
Encarnacion, too, had an injury scare when he dove for a ground ball that got by him in the inning. He remained in the game.
Gordon’s comments hadn’t become public when the Yankees’ clubhouse was open. For the few minutes Happ spoke to reporters, he wasn’t questioned about hitting Gordon with the pitch.cheap nfl jerseys china nike
Still, Happ admitted to pitching Thursday with a little extra intensity and emotion as he came off a disappointing four-run, seven-hit outing in his previous start last Saturday against Minnesota. He came into Thursday trying to make up for that effort.
“I just held some frustration from that last start,” Happ said. “So I don’t know. Pitching with an edge or whatever you want to call it, but I was [definitely] focused out there, and I feel like that helped a little bit.”
He felt that edge helped him enjoy his best start of the season, a scoreless, five-plus-inning outing in which he allowed just one hit.
“He was pretty intense throughout that game,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone added. “He’s been fighting hard, I feel like. Really grinding, and even from late in spring training to early in the season, really just trying to find that way.”
Gordon has gotten off to a solid start, batting .304 with 19 RBIs, 14 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in his first 38 games.
During his first plate appearance Thursday, Gordon saw five pitches from Happ. Each either stayed off the plate outside, or sat in the middle of the strike zone. He walked, and was later thrown out trying to steal second base.