Gonzalez, Valentine Unhappy With ‘Quick-Pitch’

August 16, 2012 12:00 AM
Gonzalez, Valentine Unhappy With ‘Quick-Pitch’
" BOSTON (CBS) – Both Adrian Gonzalez and Bobby Valentine didn’t get to see the end of the Red Sox’ 5-3 loss to the Orioles Wednesday night, but it was not by choice.

The Sox first baseman and manager were both ejected in the top of the eighth inning by home plate umpire Mike Everitt following Gonzalez grounding out to second.

With Boston trailing 5-3, Gonzalez said he was not ready at the plate when Baltimore reliever Pedro Strop delivered a pitch. He said he was shocked he even put the ball in play, and let his displeasure of the “quick-pitch ” known as he walked back to the Boston dugout. Everitt tossed Gonzalez shortly after.

“When the pitcher comes set I get into my position to hit, and I was still in a position that I wasn’t ready to hit,” said Gonzalez. “My argument to it was the fact they called the same play a ball on Frankie Morales earlier this year. He does the same thing and the umpire said the hitter wasn’t ready to hit, it’s a ball "

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