Mike Minor's 200th penalty shootout of the season for the Texas Rangers came with some controversy on Thursday.
With one out in the ninth inning and Minor dropping to reach the mark for the first time in his career, left-hander made Chris Owings of the Red Sox jump 1-2 pitches into fake territory. A minor, catcher Jose Trevino and first baseman Ronald Guzman came close to the ball, but Guzman let it drop in front of him, allowing Owings to bat.
The minor hit him on the next pitch for his ninth hit of the game and the 200th of his season.
"We were screaming, telling [Guzman] to give it up because there would be two blows," Minor said. "He released it and then looked at me like, 'What? Why? "And then everyone started banging or whatever. I had to thank him for not understanding [the fans]."
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"I didn't like the idea of missing the popup menu at the end," Woodward said. "But on the other hand, they threw three pitches in a row in the eighth inning down by two. If they have beef with that, I'm obviously pretty sure [Red Sox manager Alex] Cora did, they chose not to try and win the game.
Asked what he thought when Guzman released the popup menu, Woodward replied, "It is better to hit [Owings]."  "I would take him out [if he didn’t]," he said. Woodward. "This was the boundary that crosses the line."
When asked about the game, Cora – who remained in the dugout in Boston a few minutes after the game, looking at the field – did not comment specifically on him, only saying, "I'm just happy that ours are playing the right way. "
The 126 pitches are the least that Miner has thrown in a single game of his career and are tied for third place in the game this season in the majors.
A minor (14-10) fired six of his first 11 bodies. He got another fifth, but didn't get his eighth until Sam Travis finished seventh on Minor's 117th pitch, which is consistent with his career high.
When Minor walked with the dough before Travis, Woodward took a step from the dugout to the mound before the 31-year-old would swing back.
"I told him I couldn't give him too many pitches," Woodward said. "In terms of numbers, I know it's just a number (200 strikes), but it's a big deal. This guy was our best pitcher for the whole year. … Throughout the year he was just incredible. I felt like I owe. "
Boston went 1-2-3 in eighth on three tackles, two bases and a pop. So Miner came out for ninth.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Sandy Leon contributed to this report.