Marty Brown wasn’t pleased.
The Buffalo Bisons manager took his time before meeting with the media Thursday night after the team dropped a 4-2 decision to the Toledo Mud Hens at Coca-Cola Field.
He doesn’t take well to losing. But he wasn’t just steamed about the loss. He was steamed about the final play of the game.
With two outs, Anthony Gose and Eugenio Velez were on first and second base, respectively.
They went off on a double steal with Mike McCoy at bat. Only Brown didn’t call for a steal. And Gose was thrown out at second to end the inning and the Herd’s bid for a last-inning rally.
“There was no sign,” Brown said. “Did you see me give a sign? Guys are on their own. Certain players want to do things on their own, and that’s going to be taken away so there’s no more on your own. If you see a guy go, and you didn’t see me give a sign, then he won’t be playing the next day.
“It’s the time of the season where this stuff shouldn’t happen. It’s also the time of the season you see guys do this kind of thing … a lot of guys look at numbers. Take that for what it’s worth.”
The numbers on Gose: Last season with Triple-A Las Vegas, he stole 34 bases and was caught 12 times. In 56 games with Toronto in 2012, he stole 15 bases in 18 attempts.
This season in Buffalo, Gose has just 11 steals and has been caught stealing 10 times. Brown doesn’t seem fond of Gose’s risk-taking.
“I’m not one to ever throw my players under the bus about anything. I’ll take the blame about anything, but that was stupid baseball. …
Brown did not say if he would sit Gose or Velez after the improvised double steal.
Gose went 1 for 4 at the plate with two strikeouts, including a costly one in the seventh inning. The Herd had finally found some offensive punch thanks to leadoff hits from Jim Negrych and Mauro Gomez, both fresh off their appearance in Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game in Reno, Nev. A single from Sean Ochinko scored Negrych and Gomez scored on a wild pitch.
Then Velez struck out looking. Gose followed that by taking three straight strikes, all looking, for the second out. Munenori Kawasaki drew a walk and McCoy struck out looking.
The bright spot of the day for Buffalo was the performance of Sergio Santos, who pitched the seventh inning for the Herd in his first day of minor-league rehabilitation work. The right-hander pitched five games for the Toronto Blue Jays with a 2.08 earned run average in 4∑ innings before he was placed on the disabled list with a right triceps strain. Thursday, he struck out the side in the seventh around a one-out single.
Melky Cabrera also joined the Herd on a rehabilitation stint from the Blue Jays, but he was not in Thursday’s lineup as he was given a travel day to Buffalo from Double-A New Hampshire.
Cabrera was placed on the DL June 27 with left knee tendinitis. He was signed by the Blue Jays in the offseason after hitting .346 with 60 RBI with the San Francisco Giants last year.
Before the game, the Class of 2013 will be inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. Former players Ernie Young and Dave Roberts along with Buffalo News sports reporter Mike Harrington will be honored.