Pierzynski on getting hit by pitch: ‘Not the way you’re supposed to play the game’
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 1, 2013 11:14PM
Updated: May 2, 2013 2:19PM
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Leave it to A.J. Pierzynski to find himself in a minor dustup with his former team, even when he wasn’t an instigator.
The Texas Rangers catcher was hit by a pitch from Sox closer Addison Reed in the ninth inning of the Sox’ 5-2 victory on Wednesday night. The pitch hit Pierzynski on his right elbow pad, which he seemed to move slightly in the path of the pitch to get on base. Pierzynski batted with two outs, so getting hit in that situation didn’t loom large until Ian Kinsler singled after him, bringing the tying run to the plate.
Pierzynski angrily flipped his bat away and yelled at Reed, then glared at him while he stood on first base by former teammate Paul Konerko, the Sox first baseman.
“You never want to get hit by a pitch,’’ Pierzynski said. “I was trying to come back and win a game. When you get hit by a pitch you’re not happy about it. Paul basically said he didn’t think it was anything on purpose and I expect nothing less.’’
Told that the Sox said there was no intent, Pierzynski said, “What am i supposed to believe? You know? What else? It’s not the way you’re supposed to play the game and it’s fine. It’s over.’’
Reed was asked point blank if there was any intent to send a message of some sort.
“Absolutely not,’’ he said. “I was trying to go in and went a little too far in. It’s over with and we got out of here with a win. That’s all that matters. I didn’t really watch the replay but I was trying to go in and it happened to hit him.’’
The Sox (11-15) and Rangers play again Thursday. Pierzynski, who is nursing a tender oblique, said he hopes to start against right-hander Jake Peavy.
“You’re not trying to put anybody on,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “I mean, you’re not trying to send a message or anything like that. You don’t want anyone on base because in about 30 seconds they had the tying run on base. There was no message being sent.
“Any time somebody gets hit they’re not happy about it. I understand that.’’