CLEVELAND -- The Indians' Josh Judy has hit four Major League hitters with pitches this season, and three of them have been Brent Lillibridge, Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez. Beckham and Ramirez came in the ninth inning of Tuesday's night's 5-4 victory for the White Sox, two innings after Paul Konerko was hit in the left leg by a Zach Putnam pitch.
Konerko reacted angrily when hit by Putnam, and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen showed anger after Ramirez was hit in the ninth. But despite getting hit four times during Tuesday's doubleheader, the White Sox didn't see intent and didn't answer back.
"Yeah, I don't think any of them were probably intentional," Konerko said. "But there's a cumulative thing that kind of adds up after a while. So, we'll see how that goes."
Mark Buehrle, Jesse Crain, Jason Frasor, Will Ohman and Sergio Santos all worked during Wednesday's 8-4 victory over the Indians, but no Cleveland hitters were plunked.
Guillen certainly is not afraid to call for an opposing player to be hit if he senses intent against his charges, and he's even less fearful to talk about it after the fact. But when questioned on Wednesday, he chalked it up to youthful wildness.
"You see Ubaldo [Jimenez] doing that or one of those guys, then it's, 'Hey, wait a minute,'" Guillen said. "When you see kids out there throwing balls inside, you can't tell people they are headhunters. I played this game and I've been in this game for a little while. You know when it's on purpose."
As for Chris Sale, who finished the game in the bottom of the ninth, he admitted to being more concerned about protecting the one-run lead.
"I really don't do too well in situations like that," said an honest Sale. "I've got a job to do. It's a one-run ballgame. Obviously, we don't like our guys going down like that, but the last thing you need to do is be stupid."