Cubs’ Strop: Puig ‘silly’ for fuming after HBP

CINCINNATI — There aren’t prone to be any Christmas playing cards exchanged between Chicago Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig after the 2 had phrases with one another because the benches cleared within the Cubs’ 6-Zero win on Saturday.

Puig received hit within the hip by a Three-Zero pitch from Strop within the backside of the eighth inning and commenced to stroll towards the mound whereas screaming on the pitcher. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and first baseman Anthony Rizzo held Puig again whereas Puig and Strop stored yelling at one another. Issues ultimately calmed down, and after the sport, Strop did not perceive why Puig was so upset.

“He simply reacted like that,” Strop mentioned. “Possibly as a result of it was a Three-Zero pitch, possibly it seems bizarre. I wasn’t commanding my sinker, and I did not need to depart a cookie Three-Zero. He’ll swing Three-Zero and hit it manner out of the park. He simply acted silly.”

Strop wasn’t completed with Puig. The righty was requested what he was yelling on the outfielder as the 2 had been stored separated.

“I informed him, ‘Why are you speaking?'” Strop mentioned. “‘You could have an opportunity to do no matter you have to do on the mound. Now you are simply screaming.’

“It isn’t a secret he is silly. He is silly as f—. I’ve nothing towards him, however he is silly. There isn’t any doubt about it.”

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Pedro Strop hits Yasiel Puig within the leg with a pitch, prompting Puig to maneuver towards the mound earlier than he’s held again by gamers from each groups.

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Puig informed reporters that he hasn’t had any earlier points with Strop and wasn’t certain why he was hit with a Three-Zero pitch.

“I do not know. It’s good to ask [Strop],” Puig mentioned. “Myself and my teammates need to exit tomorrow and win the sequence. … We’ll play the sport tomorrow and neglect about what occurred in the present day.”

Neither participant received ejected from the sport, as Puig took first base earlier than Strop ended the inning by putting out Jose Iglesias. Reds supervisor David Bell did get tossed within the ninth inning, when Cubs righty Dillon Maples hit Reds infielder Jose Peraza with none punishment from the umpires.

Bell mentioned he was asking why Maples was not ejected after each groups had been warned and was informed that the pitch that hit Peraza was unintentional. It was Bell’s sixth ejection of the season.

“The underside line is I do not prefer it when our gamers get hit,” Bell mentioned.

Strop mentioned there is no such thing as a historical past of dangerous blood between him and Puig, and Cubs supervisor Joe Maddon harassed that Puig received hit within the hip — not up excessive.

“I informed Strop he threw his three finest sliders of the yr after that, to Iglesias, so he rose to the event,” Maddon mentioned.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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