Morgan talks about ninth-inning scuffle
We spoke to Nyjer Morgan about his ninth-inning confrontation with Chris Carpenter in tonight’s 2-0 Brewers loss:
“There’s nothing really to explain, man. Just hard ball,” Morgan said. “The competitiveness came out in both teams.”
Morgan said he reacted only after Carpenter cursed at him a moment after finishing a 10-pitch strikeout. Morgan had doubled off Carpenter earlier in the game, the only extra-base hit off the right-hander.
The phrase Morgan attributed to Carpenter was only two words long and ended with, “you.”
“They’re not going to see that,” Morgan said, either referring to the umpiring crew or Carpenter’s teammates, “they’re going to see what I said.”
Morgan did send some words back at Carpenter, then threw his chewing tobacco out on the field. Carpenter and Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols advanced, and both benches and bullpens cleared.
Carpenter and Morgan also had words earlier this season.
“He was battling there, I was battling, too. He felt like he had to say something,” Morgan said. “If he feels like he has to say something, let him say it, but then as soon as he said it, he turns his back and walks away. It’s whatever. We’re still in first place. Believe it.”
It was the first of three times during a three and a half minute chat with reporters that Morgan reminded his listeners about the Brewers’ place in the standings. After Wednesday’s loss, their lead in the National League Central is 8 1/2 games.
Earlier in the at-bat, Morgan had hit a long fly ball off Carpenter. His 10 pitch at-bat came after Carpenter carved through the Brewers’ lineup through eight innings on only 83 pitches.
“He’s lucky I didn’t put the ball in them seats, the one that went foul,” Morgan said.
He said the incident was “over with,” and so is the season series. The Brewers and Cardinals will not meet again until 2012.
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