Tempers flare in Baltimore as Jays fall short of Orioles

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Final Score: 9-6

TORONTO–It’s safe to say that MLB Umpire Jeff Nelson has developed a bit of a reputation amongst players around the league. 


He single handedly has overseen five of the worst strike zones in all games this season and was at the centre of that controversial baulk call on Kevin Gausman in game one of the double header on Monday. 


But all of this would carry over into Tuesday night’s matchup before the tension snapped like a rope stretched too thin and the benches cleared. After Orioles pitcher Bryan Baker – a Blue Jay from 2018-2021 – got Teoscar Hernandez to ground into a double play, he joined Hernandez up the baseline for an exchange of words which Teoscar seemed to laugh off. Baker promptly followed it up with a strikeout of Matt Chapman before looking back to the Blue Jays dugout motioning something with his right hand – the match on the kerosine. 


Hernandez reacted, finally having to be restrained by many Blue Jays players including Vladdy Guerrero Jr., all whilst Baker was escorted off out of the large circle of pushing and shoving and back into the dugout with catcher Adley Rutschman. 


“I didn’t understand why Bryan Baker was looking into our dugout after giving up a run on back to back days,” said interim manager John Schneider. “I don’t think it was a Teo thing. I think it was Baker looking into our dugout like he has every time he’s pitched against us since he wasn’t part of our team. And I think our team reacted.”


“I guess he was mad because yesterday I hit a homer. Every time he pitches against us, he tries to make a show,” Hernandez said. “When I hit the ground ball, he’s staring at me and saying, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ Like I don’t know what happened. And then he strikes out Chapman and he turns into our dugout and starts talking and pointing at me, saying that I was talking too much. But I wasn’t talking, I wasn’t saying anything. And then he started walking and I just reacted.”


The altercation sums up what was a frustrating night for the Blue Jays after sweeping their double-header matchup just a day prior. The Blue Jays amassed just six hits on the evening in the 9-6 loss to their division rivals. 


Mitch White was on the mound and struggled yet again lasting just 2 1/3 innings allowing five runs on three hits. 


They’ll have the chance to go for the series win as they close out their four game set with Baltimore on Wednesday evening before moving south to Arlington for a split with the Rangers and former Blue Jay Marcus Semien.