TORONTO — Before the fifth inning of the Orioles' 9-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, umpires inspected right-hander Miguel Gonzalez’s glove for a foreign substance at the request of Toronto manager John Gibbons.
They found nothing, but Gibbons said after the game they noticed something peculiar when watching Gonzalez on video.
“We saw on the video it looked like he was going into his glove and rubbing his fingers going directly to the ball,” Gibbons said. “I know guys use stuff to get a better grip, but if you go directly to the ball ... we thought we’d take a look. Apparently, we were wrong, but no love lost. Worth a look anyway.”
At that point, Gonzalez had held the Blue Jays scoreless for four innings, allowing just two hits. Gonzalez retired the side in the fifth after his glove was inspected, but he was chased from the game in the next inning shortly after Edwin Encarnacion’s game-tying three-run homer.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Gibbons was within his right to ask to look at Gonzalez’s glove.
“He has that right,” Showalter said. “And it usually happens when somebody from your team is complaining and you get tired of listening to it. They’re welcome to any of them."
Pitchers using foreign substances has received attention recently after New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was shown on television cameras with a substance on his hand that appeared to resemble pine tar during a recent game against the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox didn't request a check, and Pineda said it was dirt. Asked about it the following day, Showalter wondered out loud why hitters can use pine tar to get a better grip on their bats, but pitchers can't use anything to help their grips.
Still, Showalter seemed irked after the game Tuesday.
“We’ll file it [away],” Showalter quipped.