Evan Marshall hitting Ryan Braun when he did was, dare I say, dumb? Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Marshall's Actions Were Ridiculous


I hope Evan Marshall, Kirk Gibson and the rest of the Arizona Diamondbacks are happy. Gibby, Marshall and the Chase Field fans were all giddy after Marshall plunked Ryan Braun and was subsequently ejected by home plate umpire Ted Barrett.  Unfortunately, all of the guilty parties forgot one important thing: win the baseball game.  Jonathan Lucroy certainly didn’t forget what the object was.  He smacked a grand slam off Brad Ziegler to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 7-5, come-from-behind victory over the Snakes who are now a resounding 30-44.

To me, if they want to protect their guys, fine, but I really didn't understand doing it right there in that situation.-Jonathan Lucroy on Ryan Braun getting hit by Evan Marshall

Whether or not you believe Brewer pitchers, Kyle Lohse in particular, were throwing at D’backs hitters is irrelevant.  There is a time and place to retaliate if you believe there was intent.  However, with a 4-3 lead, two runners on base and having lost six of eight, how in the world do you justify intentionally (because that’s what it was) hitting a guy to load the bases? I don’t care if it’s Ryan Braun and you have some vendetta against him for his previous actions with regards to lying about PED use. If they wanted to send a message to Braun, why not the previous night when the score was 7-3 in the ninth inning? It’s a complete joke that after Marshall got back to the dugout, Gibson congratulated him as if he just struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. All the rookie did was basically lose the game after giving up a single, a double and hitting Braun. Lucroy summed it up best, as told to Steve Gilbert at mlb.com: “It’s ridiculous, and it’s overreacting,” he said. “To me, if they want to protect their guys, fine, but I really didn’t understand doing it right there in that situation. It is what it is. It worked out for us, and we’ll go into tomorrow.”

I didn’t know the Arizona Diamomndbacks were doing so well in 2014 that they could afford to mess around in a tight ballgame. I don’t know if Marshall was instructed to throw at Braun or he took it upon himself to play the role of judge and jury. If Gibby gave him some encouragement, then shame on him for not doing everything possible to get his struggling team a victory. If Marshall did it on his own, then shame on him for being a selfish teammate and putting his guys in danger of losing the game. Ziggy is not off the hook for giving up the bomb to Lucroy but his job was made that much tougher thanks to Marshall. Thus, a new chapter has been written in the sorry book of the 2014 D’backs.

 

 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Evan Marshall Jonathan Lucroy Kirk Gibson Ryan Braun

  • zack slepian

    Thomas Lynch, this article shows you have absolutely no baseball knowledge. Hitting Braun gave them the opportunity for a double play, and then the D-backs brought in one of the best double play pitchers of last year who made a bad pitch. This was both strategy and revenge, not rookie non-sense.

    • Richard Daniels

      I completely agree with Zack. If he would have walked Braun to load the bases for one of the best sinkerball throwers in the game, and if Ziggy would have gotten the ground ball double play, you would be talking about the great strategy to get a double play.Bottom line is that Ziggy threw a gopher instead of a grounder, end of discussion.

      • Tom Lynch

        I have no problem with the strategy of walking Braun. Hitting him was dumb.

      • daveineg

        Lucroy’s been hitting everyone lately.

    • Tom Lynch

      Walking Braun would have made sense even though Lucroy has been their best player this year. Hitting him will get one of the better D’back relievers suspended for a couple of games. As stated, the time for revenge was the night before when the game was lost.

      • zack slepian

        Diehard fan here, got angry over blown save. You obviously have lots of baseball knowledge and are a great writer. We have lots of every-other day relievers in our pen so that shouldn’t be a problem. The night before when they hit Parra wasn’t enough for tempers to rise. Owings was the tipping point, the day after. Between P.E.D.s and Owings getting plunked, i’m all for revenge, because it also had a purpose, but I see your point.

        • Tom Lynch

          Understood, Zack. You seem like you are a great fan and have a tremendous amount of knowledge yourself. I think it has been a trying year for all of us. Think about it, the season was basically over in April and we have seen nothing but heartbreak and bad baseball for two months now.

          Thank you for your reading and bringing some passion to the site.

    • daveineg

      Lucroy is the hottest hitter in baseball. Braun’s been scuffling the last 10 days chasing a lot of bad balls, striking out and getting himself out. Want to prove a point to Braun? Then make him look bad in a key situation.

  • David Zahorsky

    I’m going to have to jump in on this discussion as my good buddy here seems to be taking take some chin music of his own. Hitting one of the Brewers’ best and more popular players in that situation is dumb, not because of the extra runner, or because the pitcher might get tossed, but because now you put YOUR best player at risk. You don’t think for a second someone may take a shot at Paul tonight?
    Zack, Tom wasn’t talking strategy when he is criticizing the D-Backs here, he is criticizing the fact that they seem to be content in playing losing baseball while reveling in silly sandlot tactics. You write like you’re an intelligent fellow. You could have made your point without sounding like a complete jerk. Unless of course you are one.

  • nazdbacksnut

    Another Hack writer who failed to even mention what caused this incident, which was Owing getting hit in the head. Ryan Braun and the brewers had it coming and should have been expecting retaliation for the three HBP in the first two games, not to mention Owings getting beaned. MLB needs to impliment mandatory ejections, suspensions and fines for the pitcher and his manager for any HBP above the shoulders regardless of intent.

    • David Zahorsky

      Everybody is aware the Braun hit was retaliatory, so why even mention it. Again, it is not relevant to the article. You want to make your points about MLB instituting mandatory ejections, you are changing the entire complexion of what the writer is trying to say. He didn’t like the timing of the throw at Braun in the context of where they were in the game and furthermore, when your ten games under .500 and dwelling Mankind-esque in the dingy, poorly lit, squalid basement that is the NL West, you should be more concerned about winning ball games than revenge, which Kirk Gibson proved he isn’t by his reaction after the rook came out of the game.

  • Jim Sekorski

    A couple things that no one seems to mention. Why did Ariz bring a right handed pitcher to face two left handed batters before Braun came up to bat. It is my understanding that they had to left handed relievers in the bullpen. Also, throwing behind Braun with the tying run on third base opens them up to a wild pitch if they miss Braun with the pitch. Walking him makes much more sense. Managing with your emotions is not a good choice for Gibson and will contribute to him loosing his job this year.

  • Kathy Keane

    Zach – Tom Lynch has more baseball knowledge in one finger than you have in your whole body! Did you read the whole article? Have your forgotten that the entire organization is under the microscope of Tony LaRussa? No one is safe. Making such poor decisions – as a player, manager or GM – will not help them keep their jobs this year, never mind next year. If the team put as much thought and effort into playing good baseball rather than planning revenge, they might actually start to win!