Ken Giles was a big baby last night.
He had a weird eighth inning during which he got an error for an overthrow at first, dismissed the ensuing mound visit from the trainer and pitching coach Bob McClure, positively freaked out about being instructed to intentionally walk Pedro Alvarez, and then completely ignored McClure during a second (first official) mound visit. After getting out of the inning unscathed, he walked back to the dugout like an angry gremlin and promptly took his seat at the faaaarrr end of the bench. That’s when Ryne Sandberg, McClure, and Larry Bowa ran a chewing out train on the young pitcher. Sandberg and McClure were so enraged that, incredibly, it was Bowa who mostly kept his cool, in a role that vacillated between peacekeeper and pissed off sidekick who wanted no part of the fight but still needed to get in a couple of jabs to keep up appearances. “HOLD ME BACK, RYNO. HOLD ME BACK!”
Giles, inexplicably, talked back to his incensed pitching coach:
The Phillies lost 1-0 in 13 innings. Can’t imagine why with a lineup like this:
Phillies lineup vs. Pirates (Locke). Correia makes his team debut pic.twitter.com/ixCkYrDyzu
— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) June 12, 2015
And thank you, Bill Henley, for your valuable fucking contribution to this conversation:
— Bill Henley (@BillHenleyUSA) June 13, 2015