NLDS Game 2 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night was free of screaming and shoving, unlike Friday’s Game 1, but heated emotions are still simmering as the best-of-five shifts to Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
“I don’t want these guys backing down,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch when asked about Friday’s benches-clearing fracas. “I think a lot of times we get this ‘choir boy’ stuff on us because we talk about doing things the right way. Part of doing things the right way and doing the right things is sticking up for yourself and for people around you.”
Yadier Molina and Adrian Gonzalez had to be separated in Game 1 after Gonzalez took issue with Adam Wainwright plunking Yasiel Puig (which came after an up-and-in pitch to Hanley Ramirez). The video:
Hanley suffered a broken rib in last year’s NLCS when he got hit by a Joe Kelly fastball and we might see more stormy (maybe even physical) exchanges if any batters get struck in St. Louis. The series is tied 1-1.