When the mud settled on the Cubs’ 9-0 victory over the Brewers at Wrigley Field on Saturday, there have been many alternative reactions to 5 batters getting hit by pitches and a bench-clearing incident within the high of the eighth inning.
The Cubs’ Jason Heyward was proud, whereas Willson Contreras was annoyed. The Brewers’ Andrew McCutchen, who was hit within the again by Keegan Thompson, was miffed and considerably confused.
All in all, simply one other intense afternoon for a rivalry that’s reaching a fevered pitch simply two video games into the season.
The Cubs exploded for 7 runs within the first 4 innings, profiting from a uncommon off day by starter Brandon Woodward. Nick Madrigal, Contreras and Ian Happ had been all hit by pitches, with Happ compelled to depart after getting plunked sq. on the kneecap.
McCutchen got here to the plate within the high of the eighth and took a cutter for a strike. After taking a ball on an inside fastball, McCutchen was then practically hit and walked out of the batter’s field smiling.
When the following pitch smacked him sq. within the again, McCutchen started barking at Thompson. While Contreras stepped between the 2, Heyward was making a mad sprint to the scene.
Within moments, gamers and coaches from each groups met midway down the first-base line.
Heyward’s response afterward? No massive deal. Pitchers pitch inside. Stuff occurs.
“Both teams were there for each other,” he mentioned. “Umpires did a beautiful job. Everyone communicated well and we played some baseball today.”
Contreras and McCutchen weren’t as even-keeled, nevertheless. For Contreras, it was the thirtieth time he is been hit by a pitch in his final 187 video games. Incredibly, 10 have come by the Brewers.
“Being hit that many times is not fun,” he mentioned. “I do know they don’t seem to be attempting to, but when you do not have the command to (pitch inside) simply do not go — since you’re gonna get any person damage. …
“Last year, I get it. I was kind of on top of the plate. This year I’m further back of the plate (and am) still getting hit. I don’t think that’s big-league pitching.”
Contreras mentioned Thompson was not attempting to hit McCutchen, however the Brewers’ veteran wasn’t so certain. McCutchen understands baseball’s unwritten rule: If you hit the opponent too typically, payback is coming.
But do it on the primary pitch and do not fiddle.
“I don’t know if it (is) cuz I’m a little older and I was raised in a different era, but back when guys knew it was coming you got it right away,” McCutchen mentioned. “There was no lollygagging.”
McCutchen relayed a narrative from 2014 when he remembered anticipating to get hit the day after Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt broke his hand.
“I had two sliders thrown to me the first two pitches, and then I got 95 (mph) thrown … and I ended up breaking my ribs,” McCutchen mentioned. “So I do take that just a little private if you’re throwing off-speed pitches the primary pitch, and then you definately’re attempting to hit somebody to harm ’em. …
“There’s a lot of young guys over there. Maybe they don’t know how to do it. But if you don’t know, maybe you should ask.”
So does all this warmth carry over to yet one more chilly day in April when the groups wrap up this season-opening collection Sunday?
We shall see.
“I can say it’s over,” Contreras mentioned. “I hope it dies right there because there’s a lot of talent on both teams.”