Blue Jays pitcher Chris Bassitt smashes tablet after blown call from umpire
Toronto starter Chris Bassitt took out his frustration in the dugout after a borderline call didn't go his way.
The Toronto Blue Jays lost a roller-coaster game to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, and the tone for the wild affair at Rogers Centre was set in the first inning.
After retiring the first two Mariners hitters, Blue Jays starter Chris Bassitt appeared to strike out Jarred Kelenic on an inside pitch that seemed to catch the edge of the zone. Bassitt didn't get the call and proceeded to walk Kelenic.
Certainly looked like Bassitt has struck out Kelenic but he doesn't get the call on an inside fastball then two pitches later, Kelenic walks #BlueJays pic.twitter.com/n7gZDaTOLM
— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) April 30, 2023
Bassitt then issued another walk to Cal Raleigh before hitting Teoscar Hernandez with a pitch. Taylor Trammell stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and made the veteran hurler pay by hitting a grand slam to stake the visitors to an early 4-0 lead.
Once Bassitt retired the side and returned to the dugout, he presumably watched the replay of the borderline call to Kelenic that ended up extending the inning. The 34-year-old was furious with what he saw and smashed the tablet.
Chris Bassitt is NOT happy pic.twitter.com/sblgfiCyo8
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) April 30, 2023
Toronto's offence immediately picked up its rattled starter and trimmed the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the first. A three-run homer from Bo Bichette put the Blue Jays ahead 5-4 in the second frame before the team tacked on three more runs in the third to extend the lead to 8-4.
Bassitt rebounded nicely after the disastrous first inning and didn't allow another run for the rest of his outing. He exited after five innings and in line for the win as Toronto maintained its four-run cushion.
The Blue Jays' bullpen had other ideas, though.
Each reliever that followed Bassitt allowed at least one run as Seattle came back to tie the game 8-8 before Raleigh delivered the decisive blow on a two-run home run in the 10th. The Blue Jays couldn't muster anything in the bottom half of the frame as they failed to sweep Seattle and saw their six-game win streak come to an end.
Bassitt bit his tongue in his post-game media availability, declining to lash out at home plate umpire Mark Carlson for the costly error.
Chris Bassitt (wisely) wouldn’t talk about his first inning today beyond saying “umpiring is hard”. Nothing to be gained, we all know what happened.
As is #MLB tradition, Mark Carlson’s consequence for a brutal day at work will be that he works 3B tomorrow. #Bluejays
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness) April 30, 2023
The right-hander's Blue Jays tenure got off to a rocky start when he was shelled for nine runs in the third game of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 2, but then logged four consecutive quality starts before Sunday's outing. He now owns a 5.18 ERA on the season.
The Toledo, Ohio native signed a three-year, $63-million deal with Toronto in the offseason.