Final #Cubs 8, Cards 3 wrap up
Starlin Castro hit two home runs and drove in six runs to spark the Cubs to an 8-3 victory over the Cardinals on Friday. The six RBIs matches Castro’s career high, which he set when he made his debut on May 7, 2010. But the fireworks came postgame. Manager Joe Maddon was upset after the Cardinals’ Matt Belisle hit Anthony Rizzo with a pitch. Chicago starter Dan Haren had hit Matt Holliday with a pitch in the fifth, and Haren warned Rizzo about possible retaliation.
“I’m really disappointed in what the Cardinals did right there,” Maddon said. “Absolutely. We did not hit their guy on purpose at all. That was an absolute mistake. There was no malicious intent whatsoever on Dan Haren’s part. None. So to become this vigilante group that wants to get their own pound and flesh, that’s absolutely insane, and ridiculous and wrong.
“Furthermore,” Maddon said, “we don’t start stuff but we will stop stuff; we will end stuff. That’s their call. That was their moment right there.”
Maddon didn’t stop there. He was upset at how the Cardinals were set up defensively in the eighth. The Cubs had an 8-3 lead and runners at first and second, and the Cardinals were playing behind the runners.
“The next time they do it, we’re going to run,” Maddon said. “I want everybody to know that. I never read that particular book that the Cardinals wrote way back in the day. I was a big Branch Rickey fan, but I never read this book that the Cardinals had written regarding how to play baseball.”
This was Belisle’s second appearance since he went on the disabled list in June, and he said he had problems with his command in his last outing, and also on Friday.
“I have to pitch inside [to Rizzo],” Belisle said. “I think I yanked that ball in Cincinnati, too [in his last outing], against a lefty, and it’s something that I have to make sure I can throw strikes in there. I was mostly away, and I have to pitch in. It’s part of my game, and part of being successful up here.”
Maddon didn’t accept that Belisle might have had trouble with his command.
“That is ridiculous,” Maddon said. “I don’t want to hear that. I don’t want to hear about pitching inside. I don’t want to hear any of that crap. The pitch that Danny hit [Holliday] with was absolutely a mistake. … It was awful. We hated it. We all hated it in the dugout. I’m happy that he’s fine, absolutely. But you don’t [retaliate] under those circumstances. We don’t start stuff, but we will finish stuff.”
Haren came up in the Cardinals system, pitching there in 2003-04, and said they do “police things like that.”
“There was just always the thing of protecting the big guys,” Haren said. “When I was there it was [Albert] Pujols, [Scott] Rolen, guys like that. I think a lot of times it’s used as a tactic to maybe try to not get teams to pitch inside.”
— Carrie Muskat