MILWAUKEE – It is a reality in 2020 that what is being said in the excavation is heard by almost everyone in the field and it can cause problems. Yes, even with the leaders. Cardinal skipper Mike Shildt heard something he did not like at the bottom of the fifth inning with the Brewers
MILWAUKEE – It is a reality in 2020 that what is being said in the excavation is heard by almost everyone in the field and it can cause problems. Yes, even with the leaders.
Cardinal skipper Mike Shildt heard something he did not like at the bottom of the fifth inning with the Brewers leading big and he brought his dissatisfaction to the source. Shildt went straight to the top step of Milwaukee̵
Players from both excavations were cleared on the pitch as words exchanged, with Shildt and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina among the most animated. The brewer’s first baseman Jedd Gyorko, a former cardinal, was among those in the front line trying to calm everyone down.
Eventually, order was restored, Shildt and Brewers manager Craig Counsell were pushed out, and Brewers continued with a six-run fifth inning that followed a seven-run fourth inning, adding even more drama to a rivalry that has just begun in 2020 This series – five games in three days, including doubles on Monday and Wednesday – begins a stretch of 10 games in two weeks between the Cardinals and Brewers. Their previous series in August had been postponed due to positive tests for COVID-19 within St. Louis travel party.
“You know you have two weeks left and both teams will be in the playoffs,” said Brewers designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach, who went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. “Both teams have the opportunity to do so. And that’s what makes baseball fun, super competitive – two teams go for something that only one team can have. ”
The level of talk began to intensify a few places earlier when a 2-1 pitch from Cardinals reliever Rob Kaminsky to Brewers veteran Ryan Braun was called a strike by referee John Bacon from the home plate.
“No no no no. It’s not a strike, man,” Braun is heard telling Bacon in Brewers’ television broadcast.
He moved towards Molina and said to Bacon, “Just because he gets mad at you, you can not call it a strike, man.”
Molina and Braun exchanged several words before the at-bat continued. Two lanes later, Braun swung at a pitch and hit Molina’s left wrist as the catcher reached for baseball. Catcher’s interference was called – an extremely rare event in Molina’s long career, which Shildt noted several times – and Braun led to first base while Shildt came out to control Molina. It was only the third time in Molina’s 17-year career that he had been called in to intervene by prisoners – and the first since September 25, 2006.
It was under this control that Shildt was upset by something he heard from Milwaukee’s excavation and immediately went in that direction.
“I do not know where the insult came from. I feel like it was more aimed at me, honestly, ”said Shildt. “Have I done anything to justify it? Maybe. I stared at the excavation. I accept that. My hearing does not suffer at all with a mask on.
“But I did, I stared into the excavation. I can not be satisfied with the fact that – and look, Braun has been in this league for a long time, he is a good player, he is a really good player, he has had a nice series against us. I want to make sure this is clear: there is not necessarily any claim against Ryan Braun. It just did not look good. It is [third] end of prisoner since a guy caught since [June 3, 2004], when he debuted. It just did not look good when a little bit of conversation took place prior to it. …
“There was a look in the excavation that something was said and at that point all bets are off.”
Asked what was said to offset Shildt, Counsell said it was “a miscommunication” between the leaders, but he declined to elaborate.
“I just want to let it be,” Counsell said.
Shildt said, “Ours [track] record speaks for itself. We are not a team with many incidents. Last year we had the smallest number of drafts and manager drafts in our league. I am no holier than you. None of us are. … I heard something I did not appreciate. I always want our player’s back. I especially want a Hall of Famer and a guy who has the most physical, mental toughness I’ve ever managed and maybe ever managed – I always want my back. It was clear that he was compromised. How I continued to play, I still amaze. ”
And the drama was not complete. An inning later, as the breweries were preparing to strike in the sixth, there was another heated confrontation between Molina and the referees, apparently over the warm-up of reliever Nabil Crismatt.
Molina eventually finished the game at the bottom of the seventh, with the Cardinals behind, 17-3. The Brewers had never scored more than 13 runs against the Cardinals.
“It’s an emotional game, it’s part of it,” said Cardinal’s first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. “Just move on.”
The brewery Christian Yelich said: “We try to avoid it as much as possible, but in competition something like this sometimes happens. The referees did a good job of spreading it, moving on and continuing to play baseball after that. ”
Adam McCalvy has been covering Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram and like him on Facebook.