In case you missed the 9th inning of last night’s game…and we can’t understand why you wouldn’t be tuned in to the 9th inning of a late August 12-2 loss to Oakland…there were some minor fireworks. It happens. Last night, Juan Salas came in to pitch the 9th and immediately hit the first batter in middle of the back with his first pitch. In the bottom half of the inning, A’s reliever, Santiago Casilla’s first pitch was behind Brendan Harrris. Casilla was immediately ejected.
The reason we bring this to your attention is the exaggerated reporting by Devil Rays writers for the Tampa Bay Tribune and The St. Pete Times.
[From Marc Lancaster of the Tribune] Casilla’s first pitch bored straight toward Brendan Harris’ head, and he ducked out of the way just in time for it to whiz behind his neck.
[From Marc Topkin of the Times] A’s reliever Santiago Casilla was ejected for throwing at Brendan Harris’ head.
Wow! Sounds like Brendan Harris narrowly escaped danger right? Well, here is a screen capture from the pitch that supposedly almost killed Harris.
We are going to give Marc Topkin a pass because Casilla may have actually been aiming at Harris’ head, even though there was a better chance of him hitting somebody in the third base dugout. But did Marc Lancaster even watch the game that he wrote about?