Posted June 19, 2013

Jesus Guzman’s post-home run antics incite Giants

Jesus Guzman, Madison Bumgarner, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants
Jesus Guzman

Jesus Guzman got revenge after a pitch was thrown behind him Wednesday. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Jesus Guzman appears to be getting under the skin of the Giants. The Padres’ part-timer homered in back-to-back games, sandwiched by a retaliatory salvo from Madison Bumgarner that cleared both benches.

The story began on Tuesday night, when Guzman came off the bench in the eighth inning to pinch-hit for Will Venable. He hit a two-run homer off Jeremy Affeldt, a 418-foot shot that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead. His celebration, which included carrying his bat halfway down the first base line as he admired the shot and then gesturing into the Padres dugout while sidestepping (viewable at the 1:28 mark in the video below) apparently rubbed the Giants the wrong way. They scored two runs themselves in the bottom of the eighth to win, 5-4, but the incident was not forgotten.

When Guzman came to the plate in the second inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game, Bumgarner threw a pitch behind his back. Guzman pointed his bat at the pitcher, and took a few steps towards the mound before being stopped by catcher Buster Posey and home plate umpire Tony Randazzo. Both benches emptied, though what transpired during the five-minute delay didn’t appear to amount to much more than heated words and a few shoves:

In the seventh inning, with the game tied at 1-1, Guzman regained the upper hand with a solo homer off Bumgarner, followed by a very leisurely trot around the bases:

However, the defending world champions refused to be subdued by a part-time player hitting .237/.304/.368 with all of three homers — including these two — in 126 plate appearances this year. They answered Guzman’s blast with a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh and prevailed 4-2, giving them a 2-1 edge in the series.

With the win, the Giants (37-34) remained 1 1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West, while the Padres (36-36) dropped to three games back. The two teams meet again for a four-game series in San Diego from July 11-14; we’ll see if the Giants seek further retaliation.

2 comments
PhillippeParadis
PhillippeParadis

They threw behind him after the first display. They ended up winning the game after the second "slow trot." Nothing more to say. Nothing more to do. Slate even.  Move on.

beaglemix
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"The Padres’ part-timer homered in back-to-back games, sandwiched by a retaliatory salvo from Madison Bumgarner that cleared both benches."

Please learn how a sandwich is constructed before attempting to compare one in analogy.  Per the timing of events the salvo is akin to filling and the homers likewise to bread.  The homers sandwiched the salvo, not the other way around.  Cheers!