KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Todd Frazier wasn’t happy about being buzzed Friday by hard-throwing right-hander Kelvin Herrera, whose first-pitch fastball put the White Sox’ leading home run hitter on the ground.
“I was frustrated, a little upset,” Frazier said. “Had the right to be. You don’t want anything close to your face.”
Frazier homered against Herrera on Aug. 9 and is 3-for-3 against him after responding to the pitch with a double. Frazier jumped back up and stared at him, prompting catcher Salvador Perez to step in front of him to make peace.
Regardless of Herrera’s intention — it’s possible the pitch merely just got away — the end result was scary to Frazier. Too close to the head.
“You never really know,” Frazier said. “It wasn’t the first time it has happened. I’m hitting pretty well off of him. Whenever you get a ball thrown up in that area, you second guess what’s going on.
“But it’s over, so that’s just the way it goes. You won’t forget about it.”
Frazier retaliated in the best way possible, lining a double into the left field corner and starting a four-run rally to give the Sox the lead for good. They went on to win 7-4.
Manager Robin Ventura said the Sox “zeroed in” after that pitch Frazier said the knockdown got him locked in, got his adrenaline going “and got the dugout going a little bit, changed the whole momentum of the game.”
“It’s like that old saying, don’t wake a sleeping dog,” Frazier said. “Bottom line, I wanted to do even that much better against him and kick-started that inning. It felt pretty good.”
The win was the Sox’ seventh in 10 games. While it’s nice to be on a good run in September, the Sox are out of contention for the postseason, but Frazier said the players talked before the start of the month about finishing well.
“You want to build up for next year,” he said.