In the bottom of the eight inning with a 3-0 count against Yasiel Puig, Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop hit Puig with a pitch that sent him into a frenzy.
Puig began to slowly make his way towards the pitcher, which led to both benches clearing.
Both benches would receive warnings for the remainder of the game. Despite cooled heads prevailing, Puig still exchanged words with the Cubs pitcher before making his way to first base.
Strop was asked about the incident after the game and he did not mince words about Puig.
“He just reacted like that,” Strop said. “Maybe because it was a 3-0 pitch, maybe it looks weird. I wasn’t commanding my sinker, and I didn’t want to leave a cookie 3-0. He’ll swing 3-0 and hit it way out of the park. He just acted stupid.”
“I told him, ‘Why are you talking?’” Strop said. “‘You have a chance to do whatever you need to do on the mound. Now you’re just screaming.’
“It’s not a secret he’s stupid. He’s stupid as fuck. I have nothing against him, but he’s stupid. There’s no doubt about it.”
As far as Puig goes, he was merely upset with being plunked and added, “We’ll play the game tomorrow and forget about what happened today,” he added.