John Farrell

John Farrell, Wade Miley downplay dugout confrontation

Rob Bradford
June 11, 2015 - 7:16 pm

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox had just been swept by the Orioles, dropping a 6-5 decision Thursday night at Camden Yards. With the loss they fell to seven games under .500 for the second time this season. And David Ortiz hit his first home run since May 19. But the chief topic of conversation following the game was what transpired after the fourth inning. Upon entering the dugout following the home half of the fourth, Red Sox starter Wade Miley started shouting at John Farrell, engaging the manager in an animated discussion. While Farrell wasn't nearly as animated, the two ultimately adjourned to the runway leading into the dugout, with Miley still seemingly shouting. It was explained by Farrell following the loss that the pitcher's displeasure stemmed from being taken out after 69 pitches, even though he had allowed five runs on nine hits. "He's a competitor," Farrell said. "You work four days for your start. He doesn't want to come out of the ballgame. I fully respect that. I thought he had good stuff overall, but where we were on the scoreboard, I felt like we needed a change of contrast, a change of style, and made a move at that point after four innings." The manager then added, "He didn't want to come out of the game. That's his competitive spirit coming through. While he's had good stuff, there were some decent swings against him, and I felt like we needed to make a move." Farrell also insinuated there had been further discussion between the two following the incident. "We've had a chance to talk," he said. "It's a competitive guy on his day to pitch. I fully respect it." Farrell also later classified it as a "heat-of-the-moment thing." After Farrell's meeting with the media, Miley proved even less information in regards to the issue. The pitcher's first comment on the matter was, "I mean, it's between me and John. It is what it is." A few questions later, he added, "It's fine. It's over. Everything that happened is over. If you want to talk about the game, we can talk about the game. But that's it." Miley, who has been known to show more-than-usual emotion when taken out of games, attempted to punctuate the issue before heading to the team bus. "We're all grown men here. We talked," he said. "He's competing from his end of it, I'm competing on my end of it. It's over." Red Sox pitching coach Carl Willis added that while he understood why the confrontation happened, it was something that wouldn't be repeated. "He'€™s a competitor, that'€™s it," Willis said of Miley, who surrendered three home runs. "He wants to go out and do his part for the club and give us a shot to win and stay in the game. You want guys to compete. You don'€™t want to see anybody happy about being taken out. "It'€™s best it not happen in the dugout. Sometimes emotions get the best of you. I don'€™t think you'€™ll see that happen again from Wade." It wasn't the first time Miley had gotten into a dugout argument with his manager following an early exit, having had words with Arizona skipper Kirk Gibson after lasting just three innings during a Sept. 9 start last season.