BOSTON -- It was a question that was in the mind of every single Red Sox player after the game: Why was David Price allowed to stay in the game despite hitting Mike Carp with a pitch after both sides had been issued warnings?
Price hit Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz with a fastball in the first-inning, which lead home plate umpire Dan Bellino to immediately and emphatically issue warnings. This subsequently led to the ejection of Red Sox manager John Farrell.
After Price hit Carp in the fourth inning, leading to the benches clearing, the umpires determined that Price was not intentionally throwing at the Red Sox first baseman. Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo was ejected from the game for arguing the non-ejection of Price.
This is what umpiring crew chief Jeff Kellogg told the pool reporter:
What goes into the decision to issue the warnings?
Kellogg: "If we think there is intent to throw at a hitter, then that’s when we’re going to issue warnings."
Does anything come into play with the history of the teams?
K: "Yes, sure. We actually get reports form the office if there’s an incident between two clubs, especially when it’s this recent and they’re playing again the following weekend. We all received a report on the incident that happened last weekend, and they just sent a report and said, ‘Heads up. This is what took place. Be ready for something.’"
Was there anything said before the game to the teams about the report?
Obviously the Red Sox are upset on their side when Price stays in the game. What goes into that decision?
K: "Again, if we feel there was intent to hit the batter, he would have been ejected. We felt the pitch was certainly inside, but not intentional, so that’s why he stayed in the game."
Did you ever feel like when he stays in the game that things could get out of control?
K: "Sure, you think about a lot of things, but part of losing control is them losing control. We stay under control. We aren’t going to make a decision if we feel we are in the right place because we’re worried about somebody losing control. At some point, you want to keep peace out there and you want to keep control of the game, absolutely. We weren’t going to throw him out of the game to please Boston because things were getting out of control on their end."
The Workman situation, did you feel that was intentional?
K: "Yes. We felt that was intentional and the actions out there confirmed that."