Gomez, M’s catcher exchange words

The Brewers’ first run in Saturday’s 10-0 win was the most talked about after the game, with the potential to spill into Sunday’s series finale with the Mariners.

Carlos Gomez led off the seventh inning with a bunt single, then took second on Caleb Gindl’s hit-and-run infield single and broke for home on Khris Davis’ grounder to third. Instead of trying to slide, Gomez turned his right shoulder into Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero, jarring loose the baseball. As Quintero lay in the grass, nursing a right leg injury, Gomez touched the plate for a 1-0 Brewers lead.

Quintero remained in the game for what would become a big inning. Juan Francisco, Yuniesky Betancourt and Scooter Gennett followed with successive run-scoring hits, Gennett’s second Major League home run glancing off Mariners right fielder Michael Morse’s glove and clearing the fence to make it 6-0. All of those runs scored in the span of seven pitches.

When Gomez stepped to the plate for the second time in the inning, Quintero had sharp words for him.

“I don’t mean to hurt any player, but if he’s in front of the plate, what am I going to do?” Gomez said later. “You don’t even have a second to think, you run over [him] and after that, the guy says, ‘That’s not a clean play.’ I say, ‘What are you talking about? What do you mean? You’re in front of the plate.’”

Quintero, Gomez said, argued that he’d given Gomez an opening to slide. Gomez disagreed.

“He’s mad,” Gomez said. “He talked to me in bad language, and I talked to him back, too. I said, ‘Hey, come on. Keep it cool. You’re in front of the plate, what do you want me to do?’ And especially, I know what kind of catcher he is. I know he likes to drop the knee. I think it’s best to defend myself.

“I respect he has a lot of time and a lot of years in this job, but he has to take it like a man, not [complain] about [things].”

Did Gomez worry the disagreement would spill into Sunday’s series finale?

“I don’t think so,” Gomez said. ‘”I didn’t do nothing wrong. … If they want to go far, I’m ready for it.”

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1 Comment

I didn’t see the play, but as a catcher you have to be ready and know at all times that you’re in front of the plate, you’re a target for being hit. It’s not dirty baseball, it’s just the way you play. If sliding isn’t an option, and they’re in your path, trying to jar the ball loose is the only option.

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