DETROIT -- Almost every player will get quick-pitched at some point during his career. That doesn't make it any less of a lousy experience, as Nick Castellanos found out on Wednesday in the seventh inning. He wasn't the only teammate to take issue with the Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff, either.
At the time, Castellanos appeared to take issue with a called third strike that ended the seventh. J.D. Martinez was standing on second place after Miguel Cabrera had driven in an RBI single. The Detroit Tigers had a chance to tie the game or pull ahead, and Castellanos was far from pleased.
Except, it wasn't the strike zone that he had a problem with, it was that reliever Hector Neris quick-pitched him and home plate umpire Brian Gorman didn't put a stop to it. The same thing had happened earlier in the game, to second baseman Mike Aviles, in the fifth inning before he grounded into a 6-4 fielder's choice.
Aviles had become so frustrated that if he hadn't resumed his at-bat when he did, it's possible he'd have been ejected, and with both Justin Upton and Ian Kinsler sidelined, the Tigers couldn't afford to lose him. That didn't stop him from voicing his frustration, nor Castellanos' when it happened to him.
"He did. That's the first time I've been quick-pitched, probably since A ball," Castellanos said, visibly frustrated after the game. "It is what it is. I was frustrated that it happened. Usually, it's been attempted, but it's always been stopped. Usually (the umpires) give the hitter that courtesy, but just, learn, and move on."
Cabrera has been quick-pitched countless times throughout his career. It's something he's never gotten used to, and it's a weird thing to have happen to a batter. Technically, it's legal, but he still doesn't like it, he said after the game. Even so, it's part of the game regardless of how the hitters take to it.
Castellanos, when he asked the umpire for an explanation, said that Gorman told Castellanos he was in the batter's box and that was that. That wasn't the only instance where the Tigers had issues with Gorman, though. Phillies batters had asked for time on several occasions, some quite late, and it was granted. Tigers batters, when they'd asked for time, were not granted the same courtesy. That had actually happened to Cabrera earlier during the series.
One pitch stands out, though. In the eighth inning, Alex Wilson had gone into his windup and Peter Bourjos asked for time. It was granted, but the umpire did nothing beyond putting his hands up. At this point, there was nothing Wilson could do but deliver what was now a dead pitch, and the lopsided calls irked the Tigers throughout the game.
These thing happen from time to time, and there's really nothing the players can do about it. Still, that won't change the feeling that, for the Tigers, they found themselves on the wrong end of a raw deal. And Castellanos learned that being quick-pitched is not a fun experience.