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20 May 2017, 12:02 | Pamela Mathis
Freeman was hit by Toronto's Aaron Loup during the fifth inning of an 8-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
In the first inning Thursday, Julio Teheran threw inside on the first pitch to Bautista and hit him in the thigh with the second pitch. But with the Atlanta star in obvious pain, the Braves challenged and the call was reversed. LeBron is "toying" with his opponentsBlount signing part of overhaul to help WentzEdwards not surprised by Brady concussion.
Replays appeared to show Pillar using the slur as he yelled toward the mound, and the player issued a statement acknowledging his wrongdoing.
"That's something making the game tough to watch", the pitcher said, referring to previous home run celebrations by the Toronto slugger.
If Bautista had stopped at first base Wednesday, the stage was set for a potentially similar incident with Peterson, a former college football defensive back and linebacker who wasn't about to back down if the situation had gone next-level.
Pillar was much more contrite on Thursday.
"I've never hit an opposite-field homer, even in batting practice, in my life", he said. "Obviously I'm not trying to hit a homer, I just ran into it. Teheran is an unbelievable pitcher, doing everything I can to put the bat on the ball".
There was no glaring from Jose Bautista on Thursday night and no bat flip either.
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Afterward, Pillar conceded to reporters that he was frustrated by his team's struggles, though he didn't mention what he said.
After the Braves took two straight in Toronto, scoring 19 runs, the teams shifted to SunTrust Park to complete the four-game, home-and-home series.
The result was the same. The next one - a 95.6 miles per hour fastball, no less - plunked Bautista on the thigh. Atlanta jumped all over Joe Biagini (1-2) the first time up, taking advantage of two walks and a throwing error by the Jays starter. Had he reacted, there's no telling where the game would have gone from there, but thankfully he and the Blue Jays were consummate professionals.
The Braves addressed their lingering ill-will toward Bautista immediately (Texas Rangers, take note), as Teheran missed the right-fielder with a 94.8-m.p.h. fastball that wasn't in quite enough before getting him on the leg with 95.6 m.p.h. the next pitch. Also, 3B Josh Donaldson will need a bit longer to recover from a calf injury that's kept him out more than a month. "I might have jumped the gun saying he'd be back for the weekend", Gibbons conceded.
Braves: 3B Adonis Garcia was wearing a walking boot two days after he was placed on the 10-day DL with left Achilles tendon tendinitis.
Seriously, try to wrap your mind around how the Toronto Blue Jays can go from terrific baseball in winning five straight and 11 of 15 to a raging sewage inferno in three straight losses to the Atlanta Braves before responding with their biggest offensive night of the season despite missing six - six - regulars from the lineup.
With the Braves leading 8-3 in the eighth inning, Bautista riled the Braves when he homered off Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty and flipped his bat.
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