CHICAGO – Giovanny Gallegos found itself in a difficult position when the St. Louis Cardinals held onto a one-off lead in the seventh inning. It got hot quickly.
Referee Joe West ordered Gallegos to change their caps as it appeared to have sunscreen on the bill. Cardinal manager Mike Shildt, who believed his player was wrongly singled out, was ejected during a heated argument.
That overshadowed everything else in the Cardinals’ 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
“This is baseball’s dirty little secret and it’s the wrong time and arena to uncover,” Shildt said. “Here’s the deal. First, Gio wears the same hat year round. Hats make up dirt. Hats make up substances. … Did Gio have sunscreen at any point in his career to make sure he didn’t get any?” Melanoma? Possibly. Does he use rosin to help? Possibly. Are these things baseball really wants to crack down on? No. ”
In a statement released later Wednesday, Shildt said, “I have had a great working relationship with the referees and major league baseball. They have many challenges getting their jobs done and they do well. Openly monitor foreign substances too.” must, shouldn’t. ” don’t have to be part of their job. “
The Cardinals took Gallegos with a goal in the seventh after Genesis Cabrera hit Yoan Moncada and put the runners in first and second place.
West, who set the MLB record for most referees on Tuesday, said ump referee Dan Bellino noticed a substance on the rim of the pitcher’s cap.
West said Gallegos told him it was sunscreen. Even so, he had the pitcher changed its caps before throwing a pitch because “we don’t want anyone to be accused of fraud or anything like that.” “The cap was sent to the inspector’s office.
“The whole point is we try to protect his pitcher and it was ejected,” West said.
Shildt, who was thrown for the second time this season, said he appreciated the motivation. But he wondered why there was enforcement.
“Let’s check out the guys who sit there and go into their glove every day with dirty stuff coming out, not some guy, before he even steps on the hill with a stain on his hat,” he said.
Once the situation cooled, Gallegos suppressed the threat and knocked out MVPs Jose Abreu and Yermin Mercedes from the American League.
The Cardinals won to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.