Rangers pitcher Ian Gibaut has been suspended for three games by MLB because of his pitching behind Manny Machado in the eighth inning of the game between Texas and San Diego on Monday night.
Gibaut threw a pitch behind Machado off a bases-loaded home run by Fernando Tatis Jr.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward was also suspended for one game following Gibaut’s actions. Both were fined an undisclosed amount.
Gibaut has appealed his sanction and, until a conclusion of the process is reached, he will be able to continue playing. Woodward made his mark Tuesday in the game between the Rangers and the Padres.
The situation raised when Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a bases-loaded home run on a 3-0 count, despite having a solid lead in the game.
Here is the breakdown:
- Tatis was at-bat in the 8th inning with the Padres leading 10-3.
- The bases were loaded with a 3-0 count.
- Tatis Jr. proceeded to crush the next pitch over the wall in right for a grand slam, his second home run of the game, giving him seven runs batted in.
The Padres manager says the teachable moment for Tatis Monday was about seeing coaches’ signs, not about unwritten rules, and whether to swing at a 3-0 pitch with a large lead.