Heading into the National League Division Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers said all the right things pertaining to the bad blood between themselves and the St. Louis Cardinals. Too much was at stake and the Dodgers wouldn’t engage in going tit-for-tat in instances where they were hit by pitches.
While the Dodgers didn’t throw at or hit any Cardinals, the same couldn’t be said for St. Louis. With the Cardinals leading 1-0 in the third inning, Adam Wainwright hit Yasiel Puig on his left shoulder with a fastball.
Given the setting of the game, it likely wasn’t intentional and Puig appeared to understand as much as he made his way down the first-base line. However, in his walk from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box, Adrian Gonzalez exchanged words with Yadier Molina.
Home plate umpire Jerry Meals separated the two as players from both benches came spilling onto the field. The altercation provided a spark for the Dodgers, who scored two runs in the inning and led 6-1 after the fifth. However, the Cardinals mounted a comeback and handed Clayton Kershaw another loss in postseason play.