07/29/11 11:20 PM ET
Carrasco ejected, benches clear at Progressive
By Zack Meisel / MLB.com
Carrasco was tossed after firing a fastball over the head of Royals designated hitter Billy Butler -- the first pitch after Melky Cabrera launched a grand slam into the right-field seats to give Kansas City a seven-run lead in an eventual 12-0 win at Progressive Field.
"I didn't throw at anybody," Carrasco said. "The baseball just ran away. I know it looked bad after the home run, but nothing I can do right there."
Butler didn't take too kindly to the uncomfortably high heat. He let Carrasco know it.
"I barely got out of the way," Butler said. "It was right at my head and there was no way around it. I usually don't react that way -- if I get hit, I get hit and I've really got nothing to say. But in that situation, I'm going to open my mouth."
Cabrera appeared to linger near home plate after connecting with the first pitch of his at-bat, admiring his long ball before flipping his bat and beginning his home run trot.
"I didn't try to stand there on purpose," Cabrera said through translator Eddie Rodriguez, the Royals' third-base coach. "I didn't look at the pitcher before I started to run. I didn't have any ill feelings."
"He's got a right to do whatever he wants to do," Tribe manager Manny Acta said of Cabrera. "He's been around for a long time in this league. I think you've got to make pitches and get people out. That's the way I see it. People will look at it different ways, whether he showed him up or not, but that's part of the game."
Cabrera's slam was the third home run surrendered by the Indians right-hander. Carrasco said he was angry with himself for the way he pitched, and with Cabrera for not just putting his head down and commencing his trip around the bases.
"I thought he showed his frustration the wrong way," Acta said. "Certainly -- whether the ball got away from him or not -- we don't condone throwing at peoples' heads. It's a dangerous situation. He's young and still learning. He was talked to."
Home-plate umpire Scott Barry immediately signaled Carrasco's ejection. The pitcher started jawing toward the Kansas City dugout as he walked off the mound and both benches and bullpens came onto the field.
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar pointed to his backside, suggesting a safer location for Carrasco to hit an opposing player.
"Escobar told me if I want to hit [someone], hit down here," Carrasco said. "But I don't want to hit anybody. The baseball ran away."
The umpires successfully calmed both sides and diffused the situation from bubbling over.
Carrasco continued to exchange words with Royals players as he walked off the field after allowing seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. It was the first ejection of his Major League career.
Carrasco's early exit put an extra strain on the Indians' bullpen. The Tribe needed multiple innings from both Chad Durbin and Frank Herrmann before Rafael Perez closed out the ninth.
"That's not cool to throw at somebody's head," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "First of all, if you're frustrated, you better get it down low. To throw at somebody's head is not cool. Second of all, look what it did to their bullpen. You've got two guys that threw 50 or 40 pitches. It's just not very smart."
Carrasco received a talk from pitching coach Tim Belcher, who told the young hurler to "calm down" and not let anyone get to him.
"He's a young guy -- immature at times," Acta said. "He showed his frustration the wrong way. He was talked to."
Zack Meisel is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.