Fielder: ‘Fighting stuff is for the birds’
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy was downright furious about the Cardinals’ decision to go way inside against Ryan Braun in the seventh inning Tuesday night. It was obvious retaliation, the Brewers said, for the Takashi Saito pitch that had struck Albert Pujols one half-inning earlier.
Prince Fielder agreed, but he took a more measured approach in his comments following the Brewers’ 8-7 loss.
“We’ve got a baseball game to win, and we don’t really have time for the suspense,” said Fielder, who has been part of a slew of tense Cardinals-Brewers games over the years. “I think we’re past that as a team. It happens and you move on, go try and win a ballgame.
“We’re here to win, man. All that fighting stuff, that’s for the birds.”
The Brewers got the point, Fielder said. Too bad they couldn’t cash in on the free baserunner, loading the bases with nobody out after Jason Motte plunked Braun in the back.
Cardinals reliever Lance Lynn escaped with the tie intact, and St. Louis finally won in 11 innings.
Lucroy was still hot after the game about the pitch that struck Braun.
“That’s clearly intentional. That’s ridiculous,” Lucroy said. “There’s no way that we were trying to hit Pujols on purpose. Are you kidding me? In that situation? If we wanted to put him on base, we would have walked him. We were trying to pitch him inside and get a ground ball to third base, just like they did to me when I came up [in the bottom of the inning] with the bases loaded.
“I think it’s stupid. I don’t think anyone needs to pay for that. There’s no way we were trying to do that on purpose, and we shouldn’t get punished for something we weren’t trying to do on purpose. Look at the situation. If they were beating us by a lot, or we were beating them by a lot, and that happens, OK, maybe we did it on purpose. … Come on. We were trying to get a ground ball. It’s unbelievable.”
But that wasn’t the case, Lucroy said. And considering it took Motte two inside pitches to make his point, “he definitely should have been thrown out,” Lucroy argued. “We all thought that.”
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