In the ninth inning of last night's 5-2 Royals win over Oakland, reliever Franklin Morales hit A's catcher Stephen Vogt with a pitch on the wrist on a 2-2 count. The game had been peaceful up to that point, although there may still be bad blood simmering between the two teams stemming from the their late April series.
Manager Bob Melvin was not a happy camper in the post-game press conference.
Melvin was asked if Vogt getting hit had anything to do with April, "You’d have to ask them. They hit our guy." #Athletics— Mike Vernon (@M_Vernon) June 27, 2015
Melvin the most visibly angry I've ever seen him during that press conference, said Vogt had X-ray, no breaks #Athletics— David J. Barclay III (@DjamesIII) June 27, 2015
Vogt, who was teammates with Morales in the Venezuelan Winter League last year, did not think it was intentional.
"I don't think so," Vogt said after an X-ray said the bones in his wrist were intact. "I consider Franklin Morales a teammate. I doubt he'd throw at me. You never want to be hit by a pitch up and in like that, but I don't think it was (intentional)."
X-rays revealed there was no fracture and Vogt may be able to play today.
Other A's players did not seem to think there was intent behind the plunking.
"It didn't seem like it to me," Reddick said, echoing other teammates, including center fielder Sam Fuld and starting pitcher Jesse Hahn. "It probably didn't look the best, but no."
Royals manager Ned Yost says he's not worried about retaliation and that the pitch was clearly unintentional.
"That’s one of those things where you get into a situation where you’ve got to be able to recognize what is intentional and what is not intentional," Yost said. "With a 2-2 count, Franklin just flew wide open, trying to bury a sinker, and hit him."
Alex Gordon says the team is not looking to start trouble on the road.
"Yeah, Oakland fans might start throwing pop bottles. We don't want to do too much out here." - Alex F. Gordon— William Lynch (@WilliamLynchMO) June 27, 2015
Eric Hosmer is okay with wearing the black hat.
"It means you’re relevant," first baseman Eric Hosmer said, smiling, before his team’s 5-2 victory. "You know when you come to certain places like Oakland, where the fan base is very passionate, they don’t forget stuff. … "That makes the season fun, when you get to come into someone else’s stadium and try to be the villains."
This doesn't seem like it should be a thing.
I watched the HBP multiple times. Vogt didn't think that was going to stay up. Neither did Sal. That wasn't even close to intentional.— Ben Hillmon (@BenHillmon) June 27, 2015
So um hey pitching up and in is part of baseball so if we agree this is not intentional then isn't Vogt getting hit like not a thing?— Jeremy F. Koo (@jfkooAN) June 27, 2015
Seems clear Morales didn't mean to hit Vogt, but if he's hurt, the war may resume.— Patrick Hagerty (@PublicanPAT) June 27, 2015
Hopefully we have another peaceful game tonight, but there may still be some bad blood simmering between these two teams.