June 14, 2024

Jays’ Kikuchi accidentally becomes part of action vs. A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. — Even on a day when he wasn’t pitching, Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi ended up proper within the center of the action.

Not in a manner he needed, although.

Kikuchi price his crew an out by bolting from the dugout and colliding with an opponent on a weird and wild play within the tenth inning of Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Athletics.

With the Blue Jays main 6-3 within the prime of the tenth, Davis Schneider lofted a popup into foul territory close to Toronto’s dugout on the first-base aspect on the Coliseum. Blue Jays gamers watching from in entrance of the bench scattered as Athletics first baseman Tyler Soderstrom pursued the ball.

Kikuchi, making an attempt to get out of the way in which shortly, ran towards the sphere and crashed proper into Soderstrom. Both gamers have been knocked down because the ball fell to the bottom.

An incredulous Soderstrom held out each arms after placing his cap again on, and Kikuchi held out his hand as if to apologize.

The umpires acquired collectively and dominated Schneider out resulting from obstruction on a red-faced Kikuchi, the second out of the inning.

“Obviously, I was embarrassed out there,” Kikuchi mentioned by way of an interpreter. “It’s probably going viral right now.

“I really feel unhealthy, and I wish to apologize.”

Toronto manager John Schneider conceded Soderstrom probably would have caught the ball.

“I believe it sort of landed proper the place they collided, however no sick intent by any means with Yusei attempting to get in the way in which,” Schneider said. “He’s attempting to permit him to make a play, so that you name obstruction after which the batter’s out. Probably the correct name. I’m simply glad nobody was harm.”

The Blue Jays defeated the A’s 6-4 in 10 innings.

“I used to be simply operating for the ball,” Soderstrom said afterward. “Obviously, lots of foul territory right here. Just attempting to make a play on the ball and, sort of final second, tried to make a transfer to my left, and there was Kikuchi.”

The Coliseum is the only major league stadium that doesn’t have railings in front of its dugouts.

“I sort of realized final minute that the dugout in Oakland would not have a fence,” Kikuchi said. “I simply realized a little bit too late there.

“I just wanted to create a little hole and hide inside it, because I was a little embarrassed.”

The groups shouted forwards and backwards after the play, however cooler heads prevailed, and gamers remained of their dugouts.

“I think he was just trying to really get out of the way, so he didn’t get hit with the foul ball, and inadvertently kind of laid his shoulder into Tyler,” A’s supervisor Mark Kotsay mentioned. “Thankful that Tyler wasn’t hurt on the play. The umpires got together and got the call right.”