Last Friday, several Astros and Jed Lowrie got into a bit of a shouting match after the Athletics shortstop tried to lay down a bunt despite his team's seven-run lead. One of baseball's many silly unwritten rules is that you don't bunt in a blowout, but Houston was playing the infield shift and he was trying to beat it.
Astros righty Paul Clemens threw two pitches inside to Lowrie later in the game -- he did not hit him, though one pitch went right though his legs -- which Lowrie didn't like. He started barking at former teammate and double play partner Jose Altuve, which prompted Astros manager Bo Porter to come out of the dugout and have some words. The benches did not clear.
The two clubs opened a four-game series on Thursday night, and this time around Clemens hit his target. The A's were up by seven runs again and he threw at Lowrie, hitting him in the behind. Clemens was ejected immediately because of the incident last week. Here's the video:
Needless to say, Lowrie was not happy and called Clemens' actions "flat-out embarrassing." Here's what he told MLB.com's Jane Lee following the game:
"I still don't understand why it was made into a big deal to begin with," Lowrie said. "He throws at me twice in Oakland, and then throws at me again today. For a number of reasons it's embarrassing. I had him in an at-bat before, I hit a double off him, and then he throws at me the first pitch. I've never seen anything like it.
"It hit me in the back leg. I'd be curious what his answer was, or what Bo's answer was. It's pretty obvious that he was throwing at me on purpose for the third time."
Clemens played dumb and said there was "no carryover" from last week while Porter called it "part of the game."
Given the ejection and the fact that Lowrie was thrown at on multiple occasions, I have to think MLB will at least consider disciplining Clemens and Porter. Throwing at someone is weak, especially out of frustration in blowouts. Houston played the shift down seven runs but Lowrie can't bunt to beat it? Get real. The Astros embarrassed themselves.
The Athletics won the game 10-1 and got some revenge when Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer immediately following Lowrie's plunking.