But the chirping from the dugout wasn’t because of balls and strikes. Rather, it was because of a pitching maneuver O's reliever Pedro Strop had just pulled on Gonzalez.
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Strop didn't come to a complete stop with his arms while pitching from the stretch, but a pitcher doesn't need to come to a stop with no runners on base. (If runners are on base and he doesn't come to a stop, it's a balk.)
There is, however, also a clause in the rule book (8.01b) stating that if "in the umpires judgment, a pitcher delivers the ball in a deliberate effort to catch the batter off guard, this delivery shall be deemed a quick pitch, for which the penalty is a ball."
But obviously in this case Everitt didn't deem that to be the case.
Undeterred by the arguments, Strop went on to pitch a perfect 8th inning.
“The only thing I was concerned with was keeping my mind on the inning and the game,” Strop said. “I didn’t want any distractions. I didn’t know what happened.”
But really, the story about Strop is not this miniature kerfuffle with Gonzalez. It’s the fact that the 27-year old hasn’t given up a run in his last 17 outings, a span of 16 and 1/3 innings since July 5.
The big name out of the Orioles bullpen this year has been closer Jim Johnson — and rightfully so. Posting 35 saves deserves attention. But Johnson doesn’t have some of those opportunities without a dominant eighth-inning setup man, and Strop — he of the 1.20 season ERA — has more than filled that role for the Orioles.