San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy and pitcher George Kontos were suspended Wednesday by Major League Baseball after a retaliatory incident Tuesday night at PNC Park.
Kontos was suspended for three games and fined. Bochy was suspended for one game and served it Wednesday night against the Pirates.
In the seventh inning of the Pirates' 8-2 win against San Francisco, Pirates left-hander Tony Watson hit Marco Scutaro on the pinky, forcing the Giants' second baseman out of the game early. In the eighth, Kontos threw behind Starling Marte, which earned both benches a warning from home-plate umpire Wally Bell.
The warning didn't do much. Two batters later, Kontos hit Andrew McCutchen in the backside with a pitch. He and Bochy immediately were ejected.
"When one of their best hitters has to leave the game, that creates angst on their side. I understand that," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before the suspensions were announced. "We weren't trying to hit Scutaro to get him on base to pitch to [Buster] Posey. But bottom line is that he got hit and got hurt and had to get an X-ray.
"I don't know where that goes, so that's the other part you have to understand and be mindful of, because I can't manage two teams. I'm not good enough and I've got my hands full here."
No progress for McDonald
James McDonald had another underwhelming rehabilitation start Tuesday night for Class AAA Indianapolis, giving up five earned runs over six innings. McDonald, on a rehabilitation assignment since May 27, has been inconsistent at best in his minor league starts, struggling with many of the same issues that plagued him at the major league level.
"He got some good work in, but he wasn't as sharp as he could have been," Hurdle said. "First time through the lineup was his best time through the lineup, and after that there were some challenges in command."
Hurdle also mentioned that the speed of McDonald's off-speed pitches were all somewhat similar, and that he would have liked to see more differences on those pitches, particularly his slider.
"When his slider is right, it's over 80 from what we've seen in the past," Hurdle said.
McDonald still has two weeks remaining on his rehabilitation assignment, though he can come off the disabled list at any time.
Gomez starts rehabilitation
Jeanmar Gomez will begin a rehabilitation assignment today with Class AAA Indianapolis. He will throw four innings or 60 pitches.
Gomez, on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right forearm, pitched well after joining the starting rotation, culminating with seven scoreless innings May 28 against the Detroit Tigers. In his next start, he allowed four runs in the first inning before forearm pain forced him from the game.
Cole vs. Greinke
For the second time in two career starts, Gerrit Cole will face a former Cy Young Award winner.
Sunday, Cole will be pitted against Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zach Greinke, who won the award in the American League in 2009. Tuesday, he earned a win against the Giants' Tim Lincecum, a two-time National League Cy Young winner.
The other starters against the Dodgers will be A.J. Burnett Friday and Jeff Locke Saturday.
Everett Cook: email@example.com and Twitter @everettcook. First Published June 13, 2013 4:15 AM