Sale: “Had No Intentions” Of Hitting Brantley Following Grand Slam

One of the key plays in this afternoon’s 9-4 Tribe victory over the White Sox was Mark Reynolds’s grand slam with nobody out that extended the Indians’ lead to 7-2 in the fifth inning. On the very next pitch, Sox starter Chris Sale drilled Michael Brantley, and both benches were warned as a result. Sale was chased from the game that inning, but he explained to our Scott Sargent, in a special to ESPNChicago.com today, that was not his intent.

“With Swisher, it was just a slider I yanked in,” said Sale. “Brantley was just me being an idiot, honestly; just me trying to throw it by him. You had some things happen in that previous inning, I was just trying to go out there and be more, be better than I am. Unfortunately, it got away and it hit him.” 

“I understand it’s a difficult spot to be in,” he said. “If you’re going to hit a guy, you don’t do it there. I think I know enough about the game, if I was going to do it intentionally, it’s not going to be in that situation or at that time. Not only does it look bad on my part, but it looks bad on the team. That’s not what I’m about or what we’re about. 

“On top of that, you now have targets on some of these guys in here and it’s not their fault I gave up eight runs today. It’s not their fault that grand slam left the yard. It’s on me. All that said, I had no intentions of doing that and I don’t think I ever will.”

The Tribe and White Sox conclude their three game series tomorrow afternoon at Progressive Field, with the Indians going for the sweep.

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  • FearTheRoo

    …and Carasco never means to hit anyone either

  • TNB

    who honestly cares? This type of thing happens in baseball all the time. I really hope the narrative this year isn’t all about this “was it intentional” speculation after every hit batter. Its seriously week two and already that’s all anyone is asking.
    hit batters are part of the game. Be glad the pitcher just gave you first base and move along. It happens. Hell, even if it was intentional, be the bigger person and walk away from it.

  • Jaker


  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You can thank Carlos I completely overreacted Quentin. Personally I think he got off easy with just an eight game suspension.

  • Wow

    this guy gets it

  • Mike

    If Scott gets fired, it will be a big mistake. That’s what’s wrong in Cleveland, no patience. Injuries, youth. It takes time to build a championship team, ask Chuck Knoll or Michael Jordan. Just be patient. Do you really think Scott is purposely trying to lose games? Yeah, that would really help his legacy. You can’t keep changing things wit these new players just because the fans get a little disgruntled. It’s jelling, Let it jell.