You may recall on July 21, starter Andrew Cashner — then still with the Padres — hit Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday in the face with a fastball. The Marlins acquired Cashner from the Padres on Friday and, coincidentally, continued a four-game series against the Cardinals that night.
Cashner started on Sunday afternoon. With one out in the top of the first inning, the right-hander drilled shortstop Aledmys Diaz in the hand with a 95 MPH fastball. Diaz ran the bases, but did not take his position in the bottom half of the inning. He has been diagnosed with a bruised right thumb and will be reevaluated on Monday, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Cardinals expect that Diaz will be out of the lineup for at least a few days.
With a runner on first base and two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez hit with a first-pitch 95 MPH fastball. Martinez maintained after the game that he was just trying to pitch inside, and was not trying to hit Stanton on purpose. Stanton came around to score shortly thereafter on an RBI single by Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins would go on to win 5-4 on a walk-off RBI triple by Derek Dietrich in the bottom of the ninth.
After the game, Cashner told reporters that he thinks Martinez did hit Stanton on purpose. Per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, Cashner said, “That’s kind of the Cardinal way over there.”