Mets pitcher Steven Matz left his start against the Braves after three innings with discomfort in the middle finger of his pitching hand, the team announced Tuesday.
New York’s athletic trainer and manager Mickey Callaway went to the mound while Matz was throwing his warm-up pitches before the fourth inning. The trainer examined Matz’ left hand and he was then removed from the game.
Matz allowed no runs and one hit in his three innings of work. He has registered a 2-3 record and a 3.55 ERA so far this season.
Contract negotiations and pro baseball can wait.
He’s got messages to deliver in the clubhouse and stereotypes to dispel on the field.
When I go out there and take the field, I feel like I’m the biggest person out there, Madrigal said. I feel like when I look at the pitcher, I’m bigger than him, no matter his size. I’ve always tried to prepare that way. I try to practice as hard as I can, try to train as hard as I can, so when I get on the field, I’m the most confident guy out there.
If it all works as Madrigal plans, he and the Beavers will stand tall in Omaha into next week.
Hosmer’s hit in the ninth was in stark contrast to his infield single in the third off starter Chris Stratton. The ball bounced near the plate then rolled slowly down the line as third baseman Pablo Sandoval stood and watched, hoping it would go foul. It didn’t.
I didn’t even know it had a chance of staying fair, honestly, so it was kind of a surprise for me, Hosmer said. I’ll take the free knocks. I need them, that’s for sure.
Manuel Margot had two hits and two RBI as the Padres snapped a five-game skid. Travis Jankowski and Cory Spangenberg added two hits apiece.
Richard (7-6) was dominant in his third start against the Giants this season. He retired 17 straight during one stretch, allowed only two runners past second base and struck out four. The four consecutive wins mark a career high for the left-hander.
We’ve struggled the last five days so it’s good to get back on the right track, Richard said. That’s always a good thing, and to do it against the Giants here, it’s a good win.
San Diego’s bullpen made Richard’s performance hold up, but it was dicey at times.
Green used three relievers to get out of the seventh. Kirby Yates allowed a leadoff single in the eighth before setting down the next three. Brad Hand retired all three batters he faced in the ninth.