/Royals Hint There Could Be Retaliation for Noah Syndergaard’s High Heat

Royals Hint There Could Be Retaliation for Noah Syndergaard’s High Heat

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The Royals’ Alcides Escobar after a high pitch from Noah Syndergaard leading off the game.

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The angry shouts and threats coming from the visitors’ dugout after the first pitch of Game 3 were the initial reactions from the Kansas City Royals.

After a 9-3 loss, the Royals expressed their outrage at Noah Syndergaard, whose initial offering sizzled past the head of Alcides Escobar at 97 miles per hour, sending Escobar to the dirt.

As Escobar sat in the batter’s box, legs apart, trying to regain his composure, several players on the Royals’ bench shouted at Syndergaard, among them third baseman Mike Moustakas, whose agitated, expletive-laden spew was caught on television.

“I think the whole team was pretty upset,” Moustakas said. “The first pitch of the game goes whizzing by the leadoff man’s head. Whatever it was, that’s what happened. I don’t think I was the only one upset in the dugout. All 25 guys in the dugout were pretty fired up.”