San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove got here underneath fireplace throughout Sport 3 of the staff’s wild-card spherical towards the New York Mets on Sunday night time.
Mets supervisor Buck Showalter referred to as for a substance examine within the fifth inning with the staff down 4 runs. Baseball followers on social media gave the impression to be befuddled by Musgrove’s “shiny” ear in the course of the recreation and questioned if there was one thing on his physique serving to his pitching.
The umpires got here out and checked him, even going inside his ear to see if he was hiding any secrets and techniques in his crevice. Officers discovered nothing.
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“I get it, dude. They’re on their final leg. They’re determined,” Musgrove instructed ESPN after the sport.
Musgrove went seven innings and allowed only one hit. He turned the primary pitcher in MLB historical past to go seven or extra innings of one-hit ball or much less in a winner-take-all recreation.
He was requested in regards to the substance examine after the sport.
“I don’t have a lot to say about it. On the level of the sport when it occurred, I used to be so dialed in already. All my pitches felt good. Felt like I used to be executing, so it was virtually simply kinda lit a fireplace underneath me. They got here out and instructed me Buck wished to examine my face, my glove, my hat. At that time I used to be so dialed in, so targeted on getting outs, it didn’t actually have an effect on me a lot.”
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Showalter instructed reporters he was doing what he thought was greatest for the staff and made the choice to examine for sticky substances primarily based on the data he had within the dugout.
“I’m charged with doing what’s greatest for the New York Mets,” Showalter defined. “If it makes me look nevertheless it makes me look or no matter, I’m going to do it each time and reside with the implications. I’m not right here to harm anyone’s emotions. I’m going to do what’s greatest for our gamers and the New York Mets. I felt like that was greatest for us proper now. There’s some fairly apparent the reason why it was crucial.”
Padres supervisor Bob Melvin backed Musgrove’s character.
“The issue I’ve is Joe Musgrove is a person of character and questioning his character, to me, that’s the half I’ve an issue with,” Melvin mentioned. “I’m right here to inform everyone that Joe Musgrove is above board as any pitcher I do know, any participant I do know and sadly that occurred to him. … The reception that he bought after that was not warranted.”
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San Diego will transfer to the Nationwide League Division Sequence towards the Los Angeles Dodgers.