The Los Angeles Angels needed a big win to get the homestand started on a positive note Friday night. Jamie Barria pitched a gem. Albert Pujols & Ian Kinsler each hit 2-run homers to get the Angels a 6-0 win.
However the victory for the Los Angeles Angels was only part of the story. Fireworks started as the game ended between the Rangers Roughned Odor and Angels Andrelton Simmons.
Things all started on game-ending double play that Simmons helped turn at second. Simmons took the throw from Kinsler and stepped out to the right of second base after tagging it in order to make the throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
Odor, who has been in the middle of a few skirmishes at second base and has the reputation of being a dirty player, went out his to make contact with Simmons’ right leg, digging his spike into the leg making a gash.
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Simmons got up and said a few things to Odor and kept pointing to his right shin where Odor had spiked him. The two had to be separated as Odor had to be restrained by Ranger teammates and coaches.
After the game Simmons downplayed the incident making a joke about what was said according to Avery Yang of MLB.Com http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20180602&content_id=279440164&vkey=news_ana&c_id=ana.
"“I was trying to tell him, you forgot to say hello to your family for me. He’s like ‘No, I didn’t forget, I told them.’ I was like, no they told me you didn’t tell them. He wasn’t very happy about it, so it’s ok.”Odor’s response, “He pushed me, Odor said. “I was surprised because I made a good slide. It was not a dirty slide. I tried to break up the double play with a good slide. That’s why I was surprised he pushed me like that.”Simmons response to Odor’s comments. “Sure, good for him. I’m gonna eat my gelato and sleep well at night.”"
Angels manager Mike Scioscia weighed in on the incident in an interview with Avery Yang of MLB.Com. http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20180602&content_id=279440164&vkey=news_ana&c_id=ana
"“Odor plays hard just like our guys play hard. The slide looked like a little bit of a veer,” Scioscia said. “Simba (Andrelton Simmons) is fine with guys going in hard, but he has a nasty gash on his shin. He got spiked pretty hard. It looked like Odor went a little bit wide on the slide.”"
Take a look at the image below and you be the judge if Odor went out of his to make contact with Simmons’ leg.
Scioscia said Simmons would be available to play Saturday. With two games left in this series it will be an interesting situation to follow especially if Odor gets a chance to come sliding in on Simmons again.
Since Odor’s reputation is not very good he is guilty until proven innocent and in my opinion it was a dirty play that needs to be addressed by the MLB discipline committee. Are you listening Joe Torre?
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If the league doesn’t do anything about it, the question then becomes, will an Angel pitcher be asked to retaliate by knocking down Odor? We will find that out as the series plays out. Stay Tuned….