It was the battle of Colby vs. Colby.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis was visibly angry when Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus laid a bunt down in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game at the Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays were already up 2-0 and there were two outs in the fifth inning when Rasmus laid down a bunt against the shift and reached safely with a single.
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Lewis voiced his displeasure with Rasmus on the field, then again to reporters after the game.
“I told (Rasmus) I didn’t appreciate it,” Lewis said. “You’re up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don’t think that’s the way the game should be played.”
Lewis went on to say he felt that, by laying down the bunt in that situation, Rasmus was putting himself before his team.
“I felt like you have a situation where there is two outs, you’re up two runs, you have gotten a hit earlier in the game off me, we are playing the shift, and he laid down a bunt basically simply for average,” Lewis said.
The fact that Rasmus didn’t steal was another reason for Lewis to be angry.
“(Rasmus) didn’t steal within the first two pitches to put himself in scoring position,” Lewis said. “That tells me he is solely looking out for himself, and looking out for batting average. And I didn’t appreciate it.”
Rasmus responded, saying that he didn’t understand what the problem was, or why Lewis was angry.
“I’m just trying to help my team and he didn’t like that — so sorry about it,” Rasmus said. “I’m not here to try to please the other side, I’m here to help my team, and I had an opportunity where I could and I took advantage of it.”
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