None of which anyone will be talking in regards to this game. This getaway battle featured multiple ejections; starting with Matt Kemp being thrown out while in the dugout, leading to Don Mattingly losing his mind and getting tossed. Later, Joe Blanton spun the wheel of YOLO by getting tossed from a game in which he was no longer participating, giving home plate umpire Angel Campos a piece of his mind as he left the field.
Later still, Hanley Ramirez got the attention of Burnett by making some…incendiary gestures as he rounded the bases after his fourth inning home run. Burnett got a version of the last laugh, striking out Ramirez in his next plate appearance, then taunting the Dodgers new shortstop by insisting he “sit down.” Whew. I thought weekday afternoon starts were supposed to be perfunctory walk-throughs played with one eye on the flight home?
This is a normalized (for the height of each respective batter) map of all pitches thrown in this game from the catcher/umpire perspective. The Dodgers staff had more pitches outside the normal strike zone called, though the Pirates received a very healthy outside corner. Could those have been a late-inning result of the early whinging? Only Angel Campos knows for sure.
As exciting as it might be to daydream about these two teams holding on to the animosity generated by this game all the way into October, it is even more unlikely the Pirates and Dodgers end up in the Wild Card slots come season’s end.
On the other hand, if spicy games between non-divisional rivals in mid-August are a by-product of the new Wild Card spot, count me as an early fan. The dog days have never looked so good.