Hochevar's ejection adds to long day at Big A
Royals right-hander gets tossed in the fourth inning after plunking Trout
ANAHEIM -- It was a Bad day at the Big A for Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar.
Not only was Hochevar nailed for eight runs in an 11-6 loss to the Angels on Wednesday, but he was ejected after hitting rookie sensation Mike Trout with a pitch in the fourth inning.
Bobby Wilson had just put the Angels ahead, 8-0, with a leadoff homer in the fourth when the count went to 3-0 on Trout. Hochevar's next pitch was inside and hit the batter on the hand. Home-plate umpire Bob Davidson immediately tossed Hochevar out of the game.
"He didn't hesitate, he ran me right away, and I asked him why I was run," Hochevar said. "He said, 'Well, the guy before him hit a home run and then you hit the next guy.' But I've never done that, just hit a guy out of frustration. That's not the kind of player that I am and I'll never be that type of player."
Angels starter Jered Weaver twice hit Lorenzo Cain, who had homered in the Royals' win on Tuesday night, in the left leg on Wednesday.
"I'm not one to go out there and hit people. I think if you look over the course of my career, I think I've hit maybe one or two guys a year," Weaver said. "The command was not there today. It was one of those days where I just couldn't find the release point. It was a little erratic. Everything I was throwing was up. Luckily, I got away with some that they swung through."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia had this to say on the hit batters:
"Weave's trying to get the ball in. Cain's a guy that's shown he can get extended. When he extends those arms, he's got big power. Weave's trying to get the ball in, and unfortunately he got it in a couple times a little too far. I think the intent to hit Mike [Trout] was obvious."
Cain, though hit both times in the left leg which is still healing from earlier injuries, said only that the incidents were part of the game and that he was fine.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.