The art of pitching inside has all but left major league baseball. The high inside fastball that Hall of Fame Dodger Don Drysdale used to throw to let batters know that the outside portion of the plate belonged to him is almost non-existent. But one aspect of pitching that may never disappear is the retaliation pitch.In the California Angels 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers Thursday night, Angels left-hander Chuck Finley was tossed from the game for retaliating for a pitch thrown by Tigers' starter Dan Gakeler.
In the top of the fourth, Gakeler beaned Angels' second baseman Luis Sojo in the head. Sojo was helped from the field and taken to a Detroit hospital where he was kept overnight for observation of a mild concussion.
When Finley took the mound in the bottom of the inning, his first pitch hit Mickey Tettleton on the left knee. Both benches and bullpens emptied after plate umpire John Shulock, who warned Finley about any retaliation, restrained Tettleton from charging the mound. No blows were struck.
Afterwards, both teams were reluctant to discuss the incident.
"It was just a fastball that got away," Gakeler said. "I don't want to make any more out of it."
Angels catcher Ron Tingley didn't think Finley was throwing at Tettleton.
"He'd been pitching inside all night and Mickey steps into the plate all the time," Tingley said.
Detroit Manager Sparky Anderson agreed.
"I don't believe the kid's going to throw at him with a 3-1 lead," Anderson said. "And that's too much to ask the umpires to be the judge of that."
While Finley was not around to help determine the outcome, Dave Parker was. With his seventh inning homer, Parker turned a 5-5 tie into a 7-5 Angels victory. "I've been struggling, but I think I can come out of it and help this team," said Parker.
Wally Joyner led off the seventh with a single off Tiger reliever Paul Gibson, 2-4. He was forced at second by Winfield and Parker followed with a home run shot into the upper bleachers in center field, his fourth.
Joe Grahe, 1-1, pitched 41/3 innings of one-hit, shutout relief to earn the victory. Bryan Harvey pitched the ninth to record his 18th save.
Blue Jays 6, Yankees 1
At Toronto, Joe Carter smashed two home runs and Todd Stottlemyre, 8-2, posted his third straight win to help the Blue Jays snap a four-game losing streak. Stottlemyre, 8-2, scattered eight hits over eight innings. Tim Leary, 3-7, suffered his fourth consecutive setback, yielding six runs and six hits over 42/3 innings. Matt Nokes hit his 10th homer for New York.
Brewers 4, Mariners 0
At Milwaukee, Jaime Navarro tossed a four-hitter for his second shutout of the season. Navarro, 7-4, struck out four and walked two for his team-high fourth complete game. Franklin Stubbs drove in two runs and scored once for the Brewers. Brian Holman, 7-7, allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings, walking five and striking out two.
Rangers 7, White Sox 3
At Chicago, Ruben Sierra hit a two-run homer and Julio Franco followed with a solo shot to key a five-run ninth for Texas. Sierra's home run came off Bobby Thigpen, 3-2. Mike Jeffcoat, 3-1, went 21/3 innings for the win.
Red Sox 8, Athletics 7
At Boston, Tony Pena's eighth-inning RBI single provided the go-ahead run as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak. Steve Chitren, 1-2, suffered the loss. Jeff Gray, 2-3, picked up the win, allowing two hits over two innings. Jeff Reardon retired the side in the ninth inning to earn his 18th save.
Royals 3, Orioles 2 (10 innings)
At Kansas City, Mo., Brian McRae's one-out single in the 10th inning off of Todd Frohwirth, 1-1, scored Kurt Stillwell from second base for the game-winner. The victory was the eighth in the last 10 games for the Royals. Steve Crawford, 2-0, threw one inning of one-hit relief for the win.