WATCH: Benches clear after Willson Contreras gets hit by pitch
|Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 10:58 PM- -|
CHICAGO — After getting hit in the head by a pitch in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was fired up after getting hit in the elbow on Tuesday. Brewers reliever Brad Boxberger beaned Contreras, resulting in both benches clearing at Wrigley Field after Contreras had to be held back from confronting Boxberger.
The HBP came with the Cubs trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the ninth, and Contreras was so peeved after absorbing a 94-mph four-seam fastball that he barked at Boxberger and also aired his grievances with the Milwaukee dugout while heading to first base. Contreras and Cubs shortstop Javier Baez were both drilled by pitches on Monday, and several close calls, including an HBP of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo that did not count because he swung at the pitch, took place on Tuesday.
Therefore, although Contreras may not have felt that the hit by pitch was intentional, the Cubs' backstop was clearly fed up with the dangerous inside pitches. No fracas of any kind came to fruition, as Contreras eventually calmed down, but that will be a storyline to follow in Wednesday's series finale. Contreras has been plunked six times in his last 11 appearances against the Brewers. Boxberger finished off the 4-0 Brewers victory soon afterward.
Boxberger hits Contreras who says that's twice now, Boxberger says "my bad", Contreras yells at Brewers dugout but cooler heads prevail pic.twitter.com/3BXsRa77NV— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) April 7, 2021
Travis Shaw said he understands Willson Contreras' frustration about getting HBP again. "He got hit in the head last night, so I understand it." Shaw made clear the #Brewers are not throwing at Contreras, however. Counsell said the teams weren't mad at each other, just Contreras.— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 7, 2021