Cardinals manager Mike Matheny: “I think a lot of times we get this ‘choir boy’ stuff on us”

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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.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.