For better or for worse, TLR, the one-man CIA of the MLB, was up to his usual psychological warfare Tuesday on both the opposition and his own players.
Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols was hit by a high-and-tight pitch. Brewers All-Star Ryan Braun took one in the back a few minutes later. And St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina could face a suspension after making contact in a heated argument with plate umpire Rob Drake.
Pujols and Braun each were hit by a pitch in the seventh, and Molina became so incensed after he was ejected in the 10th that Drake had to wipe his face during the argument.
“We threw two balls in there real good just to send a message,” La Russa said, raising his voice. “If [Braun] ducks them, it’s all over and we don’t hit him.”
Takashi Saito loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh after he hit Pujols on the left wrist that the slugger broke earlier this season… La Russa said the pitch that hit Pujols wasn’t intentional, but he still hasn’t liked the way the Brewers have thrown to his biggest star.
“Real scary. They almost got him yesterday. There’s nothing intentional about it,” La Russa said. “That’s what all these idiots up there—not idiots, fans are yelling and yell. Do you know how many bones you have in the hands and the face? That’s where those pitches are.”
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