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Luke Hochevar plunks Mike Trout, gets ejected

Jul 25, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

Luke Hochevar, Mike Trout

After the Angels’ Jered Weaver twice drilled Lorenzo Cain earlier in the game, the Royals apparently opted for a little retaliation Wednesday, with Luke Hochevar plunking Mike Trout on a 3-0 pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Hochevar, who had already given up eight runs and was just about done for the day regardless, was immediately tossed by Bob Davidson after hitting Trout in the arm. Trout remained in the contest afterwards.

It was kind of an odd way for Hochevar to go about it if he did intend to hit Trout. He missed with two inside — but not all that much inside — fastballs earlier in the at-bat, and he then threw a slider low and away for ball three. The fourth pitch was a fastball sent right in the direction of Trout’s hip and would have hit him there if he hadn’t lowered his arm and took it there instead.

A five- or six-game suspension for Hochevar could be a possibility, though in general, it’s the intentional plunkings in higher-profile games that tend to draw the penalties. In giving up eight runs — six earned — in three-plus innings, Hochevar saw his ERA climb to 5.26 today. Weaver was removed after allowing two runs in five innings.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    If I was as big of a bust as Hochevar is, I’d hate Trout too.

  2. 454ss - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Now your telling me you can’t retaliate, no matter what the circumstances, a very bogus call or was it because it was the new poster boy.

  3. 454ss - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    The ump had to have been a mind reader to make that call.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    But was it old school?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Cole Hamels certificate of approval old school.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Luke Hochevar is expecting a nine-figure contract from Dayton this offseason.

  5. Glenn - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    There are some rules about this somewhere, but no one wrote them down.

    • psuravens19 - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      Now that’s funny…

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    where was the umpires concern over this in the seattle\yanks series? what a joke

  7. drpaisley - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    And the worst part is, Hochevar didn’t actually hit Trout. The ball hit the knob of Trout’s bat (not a euphemism), and in the replay the sound of ball on wood could clearly be heard.

  8. - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    I’m just mad Bob Davidson didn’t have the authority to eject Hochevar from the Royals organization.

  9. chumthumper - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Weaver plunks Cain twice. Hochevar hits Trout once. The instigator gets off scot-free and the retaliator gets ejected. So where’s the fairness of that? The rules about warnings and tossing have got to change.

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