Pirates 3, Rockies 0
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Jason Kendall had been hit by pitches 171 times before and never charged the mound. He made an exception Sunday.
Craig Wilson had three hits and two RBIs, and Josh Fogg pitched six innings to win for the first time in eight starts since July 2 and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Colorado Rockies 3-0 Sunday.
The game was interrupted by a fourth-inning fight that led to the ejections of Kendall and Colorado starter Joe Kennedy.
Kennedy’s 0-1 pitch glanced off the protective pad Kendall wears on his left upper arm. Kendall dropped his bat and started toward first base. Kennedy stepped off the mound and appeared to say something to Kendall, which caused Kendall to abruptly turn and charge the pitcher. After a brief wrestling match that brought players out of both dugouts and bullpens, order was restored.
It wasn’t getting hit that infuriated Kendall, it was what Kennedy said. According to Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon, Kennedy cursed Kendall, then told him to get out of the way of the pitch.
“I’m not going to let anybody talk to me that way,” Kendall said. “He said some things I didn’t like. I didn’t like him yelling at me. I was pretty shocked. I never even heard of the guy.”
Kennedy admitted to yelling but said the words were directed at plate umpire Paul Nauert. Kennedy maintained he was arguing that Kendall didn’t make an effort to avoid the pitch.
“It was a situation in the heat of the moment, it wasn’t directed toward Kendall at all,” Kennedy said. “I was just mad that I put another guy on base. It wasn’t even that far inside. He dives. He’s been doing it for years. That’s why he wears his pad.”
McClendon said that Kendall was justified in going after Kennedy.
“He said some things that weren’t warranted, particularly from a rookie pitcher,” McClendon said. “He ought to just keep his mouth shut and pitch the game. He’ll learn.”
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said he likes “to see the emotion on our ballclub.”
“First time we’ve been on the field in two years,” he said. “Didn’t bother me at all. It’s good old-fashioned hardball in the heat of summer.”
Fogg benefited from some work with pitching coach Spin Williams to adjust his motion.
“His velocity was as good as I’ve seen since we’ve had him,” McClendon said.
After winning the first game of the series 9-3, the Rockies scored one run in the next 18 innings.
Kennedy (5-5), making his second start since coming off the disabled list, lasted 3 2-3 innings and 68 pitches before his ejection. He gave up two runs and six hits.
Jack Wilson, who had been in a 2-for-16 slide, singled with one out in the first and scored when Craig Wilson tripled. Jose Castillo hit an RBI single in the third, and Craig Wilson had an RBI grounder in the seventh against Steve Reed.
Rockies LHP Brian Fuentes came off the disabled list after missing 62 games with a strained back muscle. Infielder Clint Barnes went back to Triple-A Colorado Springs after appearing in one game. Fuentes pitched the eighth, his first appearance since June 6. … The Rockies have used 15 rookies this season, the most in the NL. … Kennedy lifted his cap to the booing crowd as he headed to the Rockies dugout. … Kendall has been hit by pitches 14 times this year and the Pirates lead the National League by being hit 45 times. … Fogg is 5-1 at home this season. … Jeromy Burnitz was 0-for-2 with a walk against Fogg. He had been 4-for-5 against him.