History and bitterness between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals isn’t at the level of disdain that exists between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, or Dodgers and New York Yankees, but it’s an escalating situation.
Hanley Ramirez was hit twice in Sunday’s game, which evoked memories of Joe Kelly striking him in the ribs in Game 1 of the 2013 NLCS. Ramirez getting beaned also came one night after Yasiel Puig was hit on his left hand, which rendered him unavailable Sunday.
After Ramirez was hit for the first time, Clayton Kershaw, master of command, hit Matt Holliday on the back of the leg in the bottom half of the same inning.
Kershaw didn’t address his hitting Holliday, but he did criticize the Cardinals for pitching inside without much control, via Bill Plaschke of the LA Times:
I have a ton of respect for Matt Holliday and the way he plays the game, that’s all I’m going to say about that,” Kershaw said. “But what I will say is, though, it’s tough when you see Hanley get hit like that so many times. It’s one thing to miss in[side], but when you’re missing up and in at a guy’s face like that, that’s really scary. . . . When you throw that hard, you need to have a better idea where the ball’s going.”
Adrian Gonzalez supported the manner by which Kershaw hit Holliday:
He wasn’t doing it to a point where he’s putting Holliday’s career at risk, he’s not going after his head or upper body,” Gonzalez said. “He did it the way baseball tells you to do it. He did it in a professional way like he has.”
The Dodgers ultimately got the last laugh behind Gonzalez’s go-ahead single in the ninth inning, but are awaiting further word on Ramirez’s and Puig’s status.
Both players have undergone an X-ray with each results coming back negative, but they are also scheduled for another exam in Pittsburgh — despite Ramirez’s claim that he doesn’t need another and will play Monday.
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