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Jonathan Sanchez suspended six games for throwing at Allen Craig

Apr 27, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

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Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pirates’ left-hander Jonathan Sanchez has been suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Cardinals’ first baseman Allen Craig last night.

Sanchez has already appealed the suspension and is eligible to pitch tonight, though keeping him away from a mound may be the best strategy for the Pirates if they want to win baseball games.

Sanchez failed to retire a batter in his start last night. He served up back-to-back homers to Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran and a single to Matt Holliday before he threw near the head of Craig and was ejected by home plate umpire Tim Timmons. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle came out to argue the decision and was also given the heave-ho. You can watch video of the incident here.

Sanchez has allowed 16 runs on 21 hits and five walks over just 11 1/3 innings of work this season. The 30-year-old has an eye-popping 8.76 ERA in 19 starts dating back to the start of last season.

  1. Stiller43 - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    just cut him!! He’s terrible

  2. mazblast - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    We only wish the suspension had been for more games, MLB. On behalf of Pirates fans everywhere–thank you, Tim Timmons.

  3. modellforprez - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    F*CK Tim Timmons. sanchez has awful control and shouldnt be in the rotation anyway but is due to injury and lance lynn hits marte twice and gets away with it. F you prick. wish Jared Hughes’s pitch wouldve cracked his face open. awe is that too harsh fuck you too. u try supporting a team with a 20 year non winning seasons. HA!

    • flamethrower101 - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      So every time a batter is hit the pitcher should be thrown out? Hmm? Is that your suggestion?

      Sanchez’s was completely understandable. 2 homers and a single? Of course it looks more intentional to throw at the next batter’s head than in a lot of other instances.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Kets all give a rousing… WHAT THE FUCK!

    • Ralph - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Nice, another illiterate hardballtalk commenter.

  4. paperlions - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Pitchers give up HRs and hits. Pitcher hit batters. Just by chance, sometimes pitchers are going to hit batters right after giving up HRs and hits…especially guys that have awful control, like Sanchez. Do people really think that every time a guy hits a batter after giving up a HR that he hit the guy on purpose? Especially in the first inning. Seems unlikely.

  5. 13arod - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    the Pirates can’t afford to cut him

  6. nogoodtomedead - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    He doesn’t have the control to throw at a batter intentionally.

  7. gbar22 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    I have no idea what some of these commenters are trying to say? The one with the fuck Tim Timmons seemed particularly odd as the Tim the pirates fan was saying please suspend him longer and then the next poster was mad at him for saying that? But at the same time happy with the suspension. So confusing. Please go back to 4th grade and learn how to communicate a point

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      You learn to communicate when still in diapers.

    • mazblast - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      OK, I’ll try to make it clearer.

      I’m 57 and in my 51st year of being a Pirates fan. My first major league game was at Forbes Field. I’ve lived through the good (the 1970s), the bad (the 1980s), and, for the last 20 freaking years, the ugly. The last two years, the team has looked like a winner, then collapsed in August (2011) and September (2012). I’m sick of the Era of Exemplary Awfulness. I’m sick of my team being a joke. ANYTHING that helps them win in any month is good IMO.

      Sanchez stinks. He is exactly the kind of player the Pirates have pawned off on the fans as a big-leaguer in this era, and he has no business being on a major league team (insert joke about Pirates and major leagues here). If he is suspended, the team’s chances are improved, and I’m all for that, period.

      clear enough?

  8. pitsportfan4life - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    After he hit Craig both benches were giving warnings. When Lynn hit Marte twice and Gabby Sanchez he wasn’t ejected or get suspended? If you ask me it must be nice to be a cardinal and have the umps in your corner. If your going to call a game call a fair game end of story. Lynn should have been ejected just like Sanchez was. And Chapman should have been suspend for trying to take off McCutchen head last year.

  9. drone501 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    the guy is frustrated, hasn’t done squat. what is he supposed to do. guys unload on you, you have to plunk someone. its the nature of the game. the ump was a chump. i would call the ump a harsher word but ive been censored to many times on this site.

  10. breastfedted - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    If it was any other pitcher, I’d be a little angry about this. However, since it’s Sanchez, please, by all means, suspend him more games! It’s virtually a guaranteed loss every fifth day with him in the rotation, and his short-ass starts are going to kill the bullpen. Unfortunately Neal Huntington’s ego is going to get in the way of cutting this disgrace from the rotation.

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