Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, for some reason, wasn’t happy with Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun, who worked a full count before lining out to first base in top of the sixth inning. Cole stared Calhoun down and said a few words.
Cole happened to reach base with a single in the bottom of the sixth. That allowed first baseman Albert Pujols to come in and have a chat with Cole. Or give, as MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez put it, “a stern lecture.” Neither player, after the game, would comment on what exactly was said.
Pujols told the media, “I don’t want to talk about that. I said what I had to say to him, and that’s it.” He added, “Whatever I had to say, I said it to him. And that stays between me and him.”
Cole, meanwhile, simply said, “That conversation will stay on the field.”
Pujols gave the Angels a 5-4 lead, delivering a two-run home run off of lefty reliever Tony Watson in the eighth inning. It proved to be the winning hit.