Cardinals' Nolan Arenado, Génesis Cabrera suspended for benches-clearing incident vs. Mets

Wednesday afternoon, the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals concluded their three-game series with a benches-clearing brawl coming from a series of struck by pitches. The Mets have actually been struck by 19 pitches this year, 6 more than any other group, and it their aggravation appeared to lastly boil over when reducer Yoan López buzzed Nolan Arenado up high.

Here’s the benches clearing event, which began after Arenado had words with López. No punches were tossed:

On Thursday, MLB revealed Arenado has actually been suspended 2 video games for “contributing to the incitement of the incident.” Cardinals reducer Génesis Cabrera, who struck JD Davis with a pitch in the previous half-inning, was suspended one video game too. If Arenado and/or Cabrera appeal the suspension, they will have the ability to play up until the appeal is heard.

Arenado, Cabrera, and López all got concealed fines, as did Cardinals righty Jack Flaherty and Mets righty Taijuan Walker. Flaherty and Walker were fined for leaving the dugout and taking part in the event while on the hurt list.

“After (Davis) got (hit) in the ankle, that was kind of the last straw for them, and I had a feeling it was coming,” Arenado informed after Wednesday’s video game. “(The pitching being up high) was more of the problem. I get what’s going on in this series, and it’s part of the game. I don’t know how close it was, but it felt close.”

Five gamers (3 Mets and 2 Cardinals) were struck in Tuesday’s video game, though none appeared deliberate. Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt, who struck a batter in the video game, ripped MLB and stated the baseballs are too irregular. Cardinals righty Miles Mikolas shot back, stating “It’s not the ball’s fault. Take some responsibility for your actions.”

“It’s one of those things, whether it’s intentional or not, it has to stop,” Starling Marte stated after Tuesday’s video game. “We’re tired of it and we’re going to have to do something about it if it continues to happen because it is uncomfortable every time you go out there to get hit.”  

The Mets and Cardinals will see each other once again for a four-game series at Citi Field from May 16-19.

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