Two days after Bill Hall took out Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez on a hard slide, and two innings away from the teams' parting ways without further ado, there was another incident.
Hall was hit by a first pitch from Marlins reliever Edward Mujica, prompting Mujica's ejection in the seventh inning of the Astros' 7-1 win on Sunday. Two innings later, Astros reliever Aneury Rodriguez hit his first batter Gaby Sanchez and was ejected along with manager Brad Mills.
Rodriguez denied that he hit Sanchez on purpose. The rookie Rule 5 pick said that he was just trying to go inside on the Marlins first baseman.
"I was just trying to make a good pitch inside, and it hit him," Rodriguez said. "I was just trying to throw my inning. I didn't even think about what happened in the game."
Ramirez and Hall had both brushed off the initial collision as a good hard slide, and it appeared that it would be the end. Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez denied that there was any orchestrated effort to hit Hall, and Hall was surprised by the beaning.
"Anytime something like that happens, you don't expect it," Hall said. "I'm going to continue to play the game hard. I've got to go break up the double play, no matter what team we're playing. If we play them again, I'm going to go in the same way. I'm not upset that I went in there hard. If they felt the need to retaliate or get even, that's on them. I feel like there are 24 other guys in this room and managers and coaches who have my back. We're going to play the game hard, and we're not going to be pushed over by anybody."
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