(Getty Images)San Francisco Giants relief pitcher George Kontos won't look back fondly on the day he turned 28. On Wednesday, a day he might otherwise being blowing out candles on a cake, Kontos was suspended and fined by Major League Baseball, and also demoted to Triple-A by the Giants.
Kontos was ejected from Tuesday's game after hitting Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Earlier, he had thrown behind Starling Marte and earned a warning from home plate umpire Wally Bell. Kontos said his hitting McCutchen wasn't on purpose and wasn't retaliation for the Pirates pegging (and injuring) Giants second basemen Marco Scutaro.
All of this might have been a bigger deal, had the Dodgers and Diamondbacks not had a couple bench-clearing shoving matches Tuesday night. Major League Baseball acted first against the Giants, suspending Kontos for three games and fining him an undisclosed amount. Manager Bruce Bochy, also ejected, was suspended a game. He'll serve that Wednesday.Read More »from Giants pitcher George Kontos gets suspended, fined and demoted to Triple A — on his birthday