Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said the pitch was “too close to take.” Milton Bradley disagreed.
“It’s right there,” Wainwright said of the called third strike in the sixth that Bradley objected to. “I’m sure the TV strike zone thing would have had it crossing the plate.”
Bradley didn’t have the chance to check. He objected to home plate umpire Larry Vanover’s call, and was quickly ejected. It probably wasn’t the way Bradley planned for his Wrigley Field debut. This was his first at-bat, the bases were loaded, and the Cardinals had just taken the lead. St. Louis won, 7-4.
“I like it,” Derrek Lee said of Bradley’s outburst. “He said what he had to say and walked off. That’s him. He’s intense. It’s a big situation, he wants to do well, and he got upset. It’s OK. He didn’t do anything malicious. He was coming out of the game anyway and now he just has to pay 500 bucks.”
Lou Piniella wasn’t sure if Bradley would be in the lineup Friday. The outfielder has been rehabbing a strained groin, and not started since last Sunday in Milwaukee.
– Carrie Muskat