Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was unable to preserve a 3-3 in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, and he was not pleased about it. Guthrie gave up a two-out, solo home run to Colby Rasmus, who came into the game hitting just .194. The Jays went on to win 7-3.
After giving up a single and committing a throwing error, Guthrie managed to get out of the inning. As he was walking toward the dugout, he fired the ball into the upper deck in frustration.
“Our guys battled from a deficit, got the lead, I gave it back, we tied it, and I gave it back on the homer (to Rasmus),” Guthrie explained after the game, via Jeffrey Flanagan of Fox Sports. “It’s frustrating.”
Some have compared the stunt to a similar one former Detroit Tigers pitcher Fernando Rodney pulled in 2009, when he threw a ball into the press box. He was fined and suspended three games. This incident was a bit different, considering a fan sitting in the upper deck left the game with an unexpected souvenir.