In the end, Johnny Cueto and Yasmani Grandal spoke civilly and limped roughness as adults. Everyone apologized before the tension went beyond the limits.
Cueto thought that the Cuban Grandal was stealing from the middle of the San Francisco captain Buster Posey after a double in the first inning.
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Grandal said that Cueto had made a pitch to the head in the third act, as a reprisal and show of frustration.
But all this turned out to be little more than a condiment of the game in which Clayton Kershaw scored the twentieth victory of his race against the Giants. The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a sweep of their bitter rivals, busting San Francisco 6-1 on Wednesday night.
The stands were briefly emptied at the end of the third inning, when Cueto and Grandal made up their minds. Shortly before, Cueto made a pitch that brushed past him. The ball escaped to Posey, which allowed him to enter another Dodgers race to put the slate in 3-0.
Dave Roberts, manager of Los Angeles, said that Cueto also thought that Corey Seager was stealing the signals in that third act, when Grandal was at bat, just before the wild pitch.
Grandal emphasized that there was no way he would know what Cueto would do in the first inning.
The reconciliation came in the bottom of the third inning, when Cueto reached the batting box and Grandal was behind the plate.
“He said ‘excuse the misunderstanding, let’s go with something else,'” Cueto said. “I’m not going to use this as a pretext, but the signals were passing.”
Grandal denied it, but he also settled the matter.
“We talk about that, we apologize to each other, so I guess we’re on good terms,” he said. “You should not make this a more serious matter than it was.”
Kershaw (7-2) gave up five strikeouts and did not tolerate a run in seven innings. He retired his first 10 opponents before receiving a single from Justin Ruggiano in the fourth act.
The left-hander had seven wins in the campaign, sharing the lead of the majors in that department with Dallas Keuchel of Houston.
Grandal hit his two-run double in the first inning and his Cuban compatriot Yasiel Puig pushed two more through a single in the sixth when the Dodgers beat Cueto (4-3), who suffered his first loss As local so far this season.
Kershaw took three hits and did not walk for the fourth time in 2017. Thus, the Dodgers left behind a streak of three consecutive defeats and cut the Giants their best run of the season, five wins.
By the Dodgers, Puerto Rican Kike Hernandez 2-0. The Cubans Grandal of 4-1 with two powered, Puig of 4-1 with two produced. The 1-0 Venezuelan Franklin Gutierrez.
For the Giants, the Dominicans Eduardo Núñez of 4-1 with an annotated and one produced, Cueto of 1-0. The Venezuelan Gorkys Hernandez 2-0.