The rivalry between Southern California and the two teams to clash in Seoul in March next year, the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers, are in a heated battle of nerves outside the field.
The match between the two teams held at Petco Park on the 8th (hereafter Korean time) was the starting point. The Dodgers won the game 13-7.
The Dodgers batting line scored 8 runs only in the 4th inning against San Diego starter Seth Lugo. The batting line exploded, with David Peralta, Jason Heyward, and David Peralta hitting doubles in a row on first and second base. Mookie Betts’ grand slam was the final blow.
In an interview with local media afterward, Lugo claimed that the opposing team had spied on his pitching plan, saying, “I tried to focus on throwing the ball as planned, but other things hindered it.”
After replaying his pitch on video, the Dodgers suspected that the runner on second base stole his pitching grip and passed it on to the batter.꽁머니
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was furious. Roberts, who met local media such as ‘The Athletic’ ahead of an away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 9th, said, “I don’t think we did that. Even if he did, it corresponds to gamemanship (the ability to lead the game to his advantage).”
“A few players have talked about it. I was respecting the player as his opponent and it’s a bit surprising to hear that. He sounds like an excuse to me,” he responded to the opposing pitcher’s argument.
After the Houston Astros’ ‘sign scandal’ was uncovered, Major League Baseball introduced a new pitchcom (sign exchange device) to prevent opponents from stealing autographs. Then, an attempt is made to steal the pitcher’s grip this time.
In the major leagues, as in the case of Houston, it is recognized as part of the game to use runners to steal signs without any other help, such as electronic equipment.
As for the record of the two teams this season, the Dodgers have an absolute advantage with 8 wins and 2 losses. The two teams will face off at Dodger Stadium on September 12-14.