Mike Fiers arguably lost Wednesday's game by giving up five runs in the first inning on Wednesday night. Now the Astros have lost Mike Fiers for five games.
Fiers has been suspended for five games and been fined and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at former Astro Luis Valbuena, per Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball.
Mike Fiers received a 5-game suspension, undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of head of Valbuena on Wednesday— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 14, 2017
Fiers, 32, will not appeal the supsetion and it will take effect on Thursday.
The Astros right-handed pitcher gave up a home run to Valbuena in the first inning and threw behind Valbuena’s head (very far behind) in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Bat flips from Valbuena shouldn’t be new to the Astros, he was on the Houston roster for the past two seasons. But it appears the Astros clubhouse has changed in one season.
Fiers warned after throwing above/behind Valbuena. An Astro yells play the game right, Valbuena doubles & then glares into the Astros dugout— Julia Morales (@JuliaMorales) September 14, 2017
Fiers said after the game that he took the home run bat flip as offensive.