Gonzalez didn't hit a homer, but got hit
Rays rookie LHP Matt Moore threw 106 pitches in Thursday's game, but it was the one he threw to Boston's Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning that drew some attention.
Facing Gonzalez with two on and one out, Moore hit Gonzalez with his first pitch, which loaded the bases, and led to Boston's first run, forced in on a walk two batters later to Cody Ross.
Gonzalez had drawn attention to himself with comments after Wednesday’s game, ripping the umpiring and then predicting he would end his season-long power outage, saying, “I'll start hitting home runs. I'll hit a homer (Thursday).’’
Moore discounted any theory that he hit Gonzalez in response, saying, "early on there were just some pitches, hitting Gonzo in the first, obviously you don't want to load up the bases like that, so there's a little jam right there out of the gate.''
Boston manager Bobby Valentine didn't rule out the possibility when asked if he thought it was intentional.
"If it was, it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen in baseball,'' he said. "But it might have been. I doubt it. Might have been. I doubt it. If we have to resort to that kind of stupidity, then maybe the game has passed me by. It might.”
Gonzalez, by the way, didn't homer. He was 0-for-3, with a strikeout.