Frank Francisco started the eighth inning Tuesday, allowed back-to-back doubles, then plunked Jayson Werth in the upper back with a fastball.
Francisco and Werth had a bit of a stare down, while Anthony Recker directed Werth down the first base line.
“Boy, that was obvious,” Ron Darling said during SNY’s broadcast. “For you folks at home — and you hear me all the time say ‘That wasn’t intentional.’ Well, this one was intentional. I mean, that’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen. Base open, behind in the count, nails him in the back. You know what that does? It gets one of your players hit in the next inning. Put [Francisco] up to bat next inning. These things aren’t forgotten, and if it’s not forgotten this season it won’t be next year, either.”
Early Friday morning, former Mets pitcher Shaun Marcum took to Twitter to tweet about the hit by pitch and Darling’s comments, who was in the booth with Gary Cohen on Thursday:
Marcum was 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA with the Mets in 2013, before his season ended with a shoulder injury. He was signed to a one-year, $4 million deal in late January.