ST. LOUIS (AP) — The New York Mets’ blow-by-blow frustrations boiled over Wednesday when reliever Yoan López threw a pitch near Nolan Arenado’s head, sparking a bench clearance brawl that led to the ejection of Arenado in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 10-5 win.
Mets slugger JD Davis went high in the eighth inning after being hit in the left foot by a pitch from Génesis Cabrera, the Mets’ 19th hit per pitch this season — including three on Tuesday night against St. Louis.
New York appeared to hit back half an inning later against Arenado, who reached four times and drove in three runs. López zipped a 94 mph fastball near his head, and Arenado started yelling at López to “do it again”. Benches and relievers cleared, and teams pushed and shoved near home plate.
“I went inside a bit, it’s part of the game,” López said through an interpreter. “That one kind of got away from me.”
Cardinals first-year manager Oliver Marmol said Arenado’s reaction was justified.
“When you get to the top like that and put someone’s career and life at risk, yes, I object to that,” Marmol said. “And I don’t think anyone in the big leagues enjoys being thrown up top.”
Cardinals first baseman coach Stubby Clapp appeared to tackle Mets star Pete Alonso near the center of the scrimmage. Cardinals veteran Adam Wainwright then walked up to Alonso to ask if he was okay.
“Genesis Cabrera actually grabbed me by the back of the collar and then he just ripped off and then the trainer kind of jumped on me and I thought it was a little cheap. to go from behind,” Alonso said. “I mean, if you wanna hold me back, if you wanna hold me back, go like a man.”
Clapp was sent off along with Arenado, but López remained in the game.
Crew chief Mark Wegner told a pool reporter that Arenado was ejected for charging the mound and Clapp was ejected for “his overly aggressive actions” during the smash.
“I didn’t think the throw was intentional, and both, I didn’t see any action that would result in an ejection,” Wegner said, referring to why he didn’t eject López or Alonso. “But we’ll watch the videos and write a report and Major League Baseball will look into everything and see if they see anything that we haven’t seen.”
López was hit by several teammates as he returned to the dugout after the inning, including Alonso, who was hit by a pitch to the head on Tuesday.
“I’m not just for defending myself, I’m totally for defending my teammates,” Alonso said. “But what happened today, it just didn’t make sense. The ball wasn’t even close.
Mets manager Buck Showalter denied after the game that New York felt the need to send a message about the falls and said López’s throw was unintentional.
“I’m going to let them manage their players,” Showalter said after being asked if Arenado was out of the picture. “I know, our player got hit in the head and went to first base,” referring to Alonso’s dive the night before.
Showalter also said the X-rays of Davis’ foot were negative, but he will need further evaluation.
The Mets were furious with a series of hits, and pitcher Chris Bassitt blamed it largely on inconsistencies in baseballs supplied by the league a year after Major League Baseball cracked down on substance use illegal stickies by pitchers.
“MLB is always mindful of protecting hitters from dangerous pitches,” a league spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday. “We closely analyze trends in the game and have active conversations with our players and coaches to address concerns.
“Through April 26, league-wide statistics show hit-per-pitch rates and wild pitch rates are down from previous seasons. However, one club has been hit more than twice as often as the league average so far in 2022, which we will continue to monitor. »
Arenado said he had a problem with the location of the pitch rather than being thrown on it.
“I’m not saying he’s trying to throw it up there,” Arenado said. “It’s just that the ball got away, but that’s the problem with this thing, you know. It’s an unfortunate part of the game, but it’s part of the game.”
Dylan Carlson’s two-run triple capped a five-run fourth inning. The Cardinals scored two more points during the outburst than they had in the previous three games combined.
Jake Woodford (1-0) allowed one more run in two innings of relief as St. Louis snapped a season-high three-game losing streak.
Mets starter Carlos Carrasco (1-1) allowed a season-high eight runs, seven earned, in 3 2/3 innings, a season-low, as the Mets saw their streak of three game winning streak shattered.
Cardinals: RHP Jordan Hicks had a bruise on his right wrist examined. Hicks left Tuesday’s game in the third inning after being hit in the right wrist by Dominic Smith’s line strike in the second.
Mets: RHP Tylor Megill (3-0, 2.35 ERA) will kick off a six-game homestand Friday night with the first of three against the Phillies and RHP Aaron Nola (1-2, 3.74 ERA). New York has won each of Megill’s last four starts, a career high.
Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (1-1, 3.95 ERA) starts the first of a four-game series Thursday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks and RHP Humberto Castellanos (1-0, 3.00 ERA). Hudson pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his last start Saturday in a 5-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
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