Maddon angry about Reds hitting Kris Bryant

Maddon angry about Reds hitting Kris Bryant


by - Senior Editor -

Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was fuming after his star slugger Kris Bryant was plunked by a 97 MPH fastball by reliever Jumbo Diaz in the ninth inning on Wednesday in the Cubs' 9-2 blowout win over the Reds.

"I was barking," Maddon told the Chicago Tribune.

Reds manager Bryan Price seemed to have been upset about the Cubs doing a run-scoring squeeze play by Kyle Hendricks in the seventh inning.

"Different managers have different ideas about what a safe lead is," Price told the UPI’s Jeff Wallner. "I’ll leave it at that."

Don't forget that Bryant hit three homers and two doubles against the Reds on Monday and drove home the winner in the 15th inning on Tuesday. The Cubs have beat the Reds 9 out of 10 games this season.

There is a myriad of reasons why the Reds were frustrated and might have called for the beanball on Bryant. Will Maddon get retribution or realize it's not worth it to get in a skirmish with the basement dwelling Reds?

The Cubs will meet the Reds on Monday for a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

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