Buck Showalter wanted to get Kevin Gausman out of the game. And fast.
With two outs in the fifth inning, Gausman, the Orioles starting pitcher, had allowed a three-run home run to Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts to make the score 6-0 Boston, and Showalter had seen enough. The Baltimore manager was so anxious to pull his starter from the game that he cut right in front of Bogaerts during his home-run trot and headed to the mound before the batter even touched home plate.
Xander hit that so hard Showalter changed pitchers before Xander even crossed home pic.twitter.com/8ASfMfqbUA— Sox Lunch (@Soxlunch) May 18, 2018