Lackey and manager Mike Scioscia were both slapped with suspensions— Scioscia just one game—for what the major league offices considered a deliberate attempt to throw at Toronto’s Simon Pond on May 24.
Lackey, who is 0-3 in his last four outings, pitched last Saturday and gave up a season-high eight runs and nine hits over three innings of an 11-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Things got worse Friday when Lackey learned of the fine and suspension, which he immediately appealed, giving him an opportunity to pitch again before a meeting with major league officials.
Lackey’s alleged purpose pitch, which came after Toronto’s Justin Miller plunked three Angels, didn’t even hit Pond, grazing his jersey on the way by.
“I was definitely surprised that there was a suspension involved,” said Lackey. “I’d never even gotten kicked out of a game before.”
Lackey has given up 25 runs and 30 hits over 20 2-3 innings during his four-start winless skid.
The Angels began June with three straight wins before Friday’s 9-6 loss to Cleveland. They appeared headed for a fourth win in a row before Ronnie Belliard hit his first homer of the year, a three-run shot off Francisco Rodriguez in the eighth inning, that gave the Indians the lead for good.
Riske didn’t like the way Guillen left the batter’s box, and he shouted at Guillen as he rounded the bases. Guillen kept glaring at Riske with his mouth shut before crossing the plate. Both dugouts and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown.
Chone Figgins had three hits and two RBIs for the Angels, coming within a home run of the cycle.
The Indians snapped a three-game losing streak.