The Guardians have a funny way of playing baseball.
Namely, the club will crack out a multi-game win street against some of the best in the American League.
Then, the team will turn around and drop games to the Tigers.
Such has been the case this week, as the Guardians series unbeaten streak hangs in the balance tonight as the club takes on the Tigers in the last of a four-game series.
But as much as fans might be looking ahead, a few players might still be living in the past.
On Tuesday’s 3-4 loss against the Tigers, the Guardians found themselves in the hole early.
And not a small hole — a 3-0 hole in the first inning.
Part of the damage was due to Austin Hedges being called for blocking the plate while Javier Baez slid into home.
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Shortly after, pitcher Zach Plesac gave up a two-run blast, the one that sent the Guardians reeling, down three runs in the first.
It was a tough break for the Guardians, who needed Plesac to be at his absolute best.
The Guardians have been getting by with lights-out pitching of late, pitching that has kept the offensive in the game.
Unfortunately, such was not the case on Tuesday for the Guardians.
And after the game, one of the Guardians’ players explained that the MLB owes one of the Guardians an apology.
And no, it’s not Austin Hedges who is owed an apology for a “bad call.”
No, instead, it was Hedges arguing that the MLB owes Plesac an apology for making him wait while the umpires reviewed the illegal blocking call.
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Hedges explained his stance to reporters after the game:
“First of all, it cost (us) the game.It’s a play that’s been called a few times now recently that really has never been called before. For some reason, New York feels like they need to take over the game and change the way the game’s played.
Guys are just out. There’s plays at home that are beating the runners, and for 150 years you’re out. And now, we’re calling some type of rule that is really tricky to define. To be able to take the game into their own hands that way and to, first of all, that cost one run automatically. And then what ended up transitioning. Honestly, it’s a disgrace. It’s embarrassing.I think New York owes Zach Plesac specifically an apology because they took the game out of his hands. The guy was throwing the ball amazing. Overturning that call right there, like I said, it cost the game.”
Plesac had already given up a hit before surrendering another ball up the middle that took a weird bounce off second base.