Ryan Dempster Plunks Alex Rodriguez, Helps Orioles Move Up In AL East Standings
Ryan Dempster decided to single-handedly police Major League Baseball on Sunday night when he drilled Alex Rodriguez with a 3-0 fastball to the ribs in the second inning. Somehow Dempster wasn’t ejected despite throwing behind A-Rod with his first pitch and inside with the other two.
Despite four Yankees being hit by pitches during the game, New York’s Joe Girardi received the only ejection. “They rallied behind it, you know. It got us going, we scored runs and we had big hits by a lot of guys,” Girardi told reporters after the game.
After the dugouts emptied and the Yankees’ skipper was tossed, Alex Rodriguez was on first with no outs. Two batters later, he came across to score. The Yankees would tie the game 2-2 by the end of the inning.
In the top of the sixth, A-Rod retaliated by belting a 446 foot bomb to center field. The Yankees would take a 7-6 lead on a Brett Gardner 3-run triple later in the inning. “Honestly, I had like 15 of my teammates come up and say hit a f***ing bomb and walkoff,” Rodriguez told reporters after the game.
Despite being charged with seven earned runs over 5.1 innings pitched, Dempster was cheered by the home crowd as he exited the game. He was charged with his ninth loss of the season.
The Red Sox are 3-7 in their last 10 games and head out to the west coast on Monday. The Rays move to a game behind Boston for the AL East lead while the Orioles slide up to 4.5 game back.