Kevin Pillar of the Toronto Blue Jays has not been known for getting into trouble. He may of just got into some recently. He could potentially be in hot water over something he said.
It stems from one of his last appearances at the plate. He had a frustrating at bat against Braves pitcher Jason Motte yesterday. Pillar struck out swinging, ending the seventh inning. He claimed that he was quick pitched by Motte.
Pillar was heated about it. After punching out on Wednesday’s game he was yelling towards the mound. Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki even needed to step in to calm things down. Toronto apologized after the game for Pillar’s reaction.
They did not specify what he said, but it may of been too far. Pillar spoke “It was immature, it was stupid, it was uncalled for.” He continued, “It’s part of the game. It’s just I’m a competitive guy, and [it was] heat of the moment.” Feeling bad, he said, “Obviously, I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let him know he didn’t do anything wrong. It was all me.”
The comments he made towards the Atlanta Braves pitches are going to be investigated by Major League Baseball, according to ESPN. Pillar’s bad reaction to striking out was not the only time that tensions rose in the Toronto Blue Jays game against the Braves. Benches were cleared a second time in the eighth inning after Jose Bautista slugged a home-run.
Bautista stood at home-plate while staring down pitcher Atlanta’s Eric O’Flaherty, then proceeded to flip his bat. It was not well received to say the least. Fortunately things did not get too physical. No punches were thrown in the altercation.
Toronto ended up taking a 8-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves that game. It was far from their first loss on the year and likely will not be their last. Toronto has suffered a lot of losses this season, adding frustration to the team. Their loss to the Braves yesterday marked the Blue Jay’s 24th of their 2017 campaign.
They lead the American League with 24 losses. They have the third-most in the entire MLB. The only teams that have suffered more defeats are the Miami Marlins, going 14-25, and the San Diego Padres, going 15-27.
Dropping games is starting to add up for the Blue Jays. They are not in a great position. Toronto has sank to the bottom of the standings of the AL East, with a record of 17-24. They trail the fourth place Tampa Bay Rays by three games. On the bright side, there is still plenty of baseball to be played, and the Blue Jays could potentially turn their season around.
Will the Toronto Blue Jays be a winning team this season? Will the Blue Jays play another tense game against the Braves tonight? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod