Payback Sunday, tensions mount
Warnings were issued in the seventh inning on Sunday, and some controversy surfaced after the game.
A side story in the Marlins 13-0 victory over the White Sox was a beaning incident that stemmed from Brett Carroll stealing second base in the fourth inning with the Florida ahead by seven runs.
The Marlins had built a big lead off Freddy Garcia, who was lifted after 2 1/3 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.
Garcia surrendered three home runs before he exited.
To open the fourth, reliever Scott Linebrink beaned Carroll.
Carroll stole second base, and also in the inning, Gaby Sanchez had a steal.
Feeling the game was out of hand, the White Sox weren’t happy to see Florida stealing. In the fifth inning, Randy Williams also hit Carroll with a pitch.
In the seventh inning, Florida’s Dan Meyer hit A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch.
At that point, home plate umpire Adrian Johnson issued warnings.
“It’s 7-0. It’s not a good thing to go out and steal a base,” Garcia said. “That’s no respect for the other team. So whatever happened, happened. Stealing second up seven runs, I think that’s bad baseball.”
Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said Carroll missed a sign and stole on his own.
“We had nothing going on, sign wise,” Gonzalez said.
Meyer insisted he wasn’t throwing at Pierzynski.
“I wasn’t throwing at anybody,” Meyer said. “I was trying to get outs.”
— Joe Frisaro