CINCINNATI — There aren’t more likely 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 started to stroll towards the mound whereas screaming on the pitcher. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and first baseman Anthony Rizzo held Puig again whereas the 2 stored yelling at one another. Issues finally 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, perhaps it appears to be like bizarre. I wasn’t commanding my sinker and I did not wish to go away a cookie Three-Zero. He’ll swing Three-Zero and hit it means out of the park. He simply acted silly.”
Strop wasn’t completed with Puig, because the righty was requested what he was yelling again on the outfielder as the 2 had been stored separated.
“I instructed him, ‘Why are you speaking?'” Strop mentioned. “‘You’ve an opportunity to do no matter it’s essential do on the mound. Now you are simply screaming.’
“It is not a secret he is silly. He is silly as f—. I’ve nothing in opposition to him, however he is silly. There is no doubt about it.”
Pedro Strop hits Yasiel Puig within the leg with a pitch, prompting Puig to cost the mound the place he’s held again by gamers from each groups.
Puig instructed reporters he hasn’t had any earlier points with Strop and wasn’t positive why he was hit with a Three-Zero pitch.
“I do not know. You want to ask [Strop],” Puig mentioned. “Myself and my teammates wish to exit tomorrow and win the collection. … We’ll play the sport tomorrow and overlook about what occurred at this time.”
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 instructed that the pitch that hit Peraza was unintentional.
Strop mentioned there was no historical past of dangerous blood between him and Puig, whereas Cubs supervisor Joe Maddon harassed that Puig received hit within the hip — not up excessive.
“I instructed Strop he threw his three greatest sliders of the 12 months after that, to Iglesias, so he rose to the event,” Maddon mentioned.