Rizzo speaks with Major League Baseball; no discipline for plate collision

Wednesday, 21 Jun, 2017

The Chicago Cubs scraped out a 3-2 win over San Diego Monday, but it was a collision at home plate that had the Padres fuming.

Jhoulys Chacin takes the mound Tuesday against the Cubs starting at 5:50 p.m.

Chicago's Anthony Rizzo tried to tag from third base when former USD Torero Kris Bryant lined out to centerfield.

"It's not like I was going in trying to end Austin Hedges' career".

Though Russell Martin isn't among the home run leaders, he certainly makes them count.

Chicago manager Joe Maddon agreed.

"When it's all said and done, well go home and sit on the couch and reflect on the whole deal, see where we're at".

Anthony Rizzo posted three hits, which saw a two-run homer No. 150 of his career to lead the Cubs to a 7-1 victory against the Pirates, 7Sunday. In those seven games, he is 6 for 6 with a walk to open the first inning.

Rizzo spoke via phone with Major League Baseball disciplinarian Joe Torre, who explained that Rizzo had violated the catchers interference rule, but showed no intent to injure. He was called out on the play. Twelve of his other 14 outs came on ground balls.

In his first start since April 16, Shields lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and three runs, including the two-run shot from Martin that ended his afternoon. "But I think we're all pretty confident we can get this done". As a result, we rarely see what old school fans call the most exciting play in baseball anymore. "It's a lot of fun when you can win like that".

CARDINALS 8, PHILLIES 1 (11): Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham both homered in a seven-run 11th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 on Tuesday night. "I think it's absolutely asinine to even take that approach". Pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. added an RBI double in the eighth.

Kirby Yates (1-1) allowed one unearned run to get the loss. Green wanted to be clear he was not calling Rizzo a dirty player, but he believes the Cubs' first baseman deviated from his scoring path to hit Hedges.

The Cubs and Padres face off once again at Wrigley Field Tuesday night.

The Cubs have been trying to re-create a vibe from a year ago that so far hasn't existed this season. Richard pitched in 25 games with a 6.43 ERA before being released and picked up by the Padres. Last year, he was 6-8 with two teams (Atlanta and the LA Angels) and signed a one-year contract with San Diego last December.

"The way I explained it to (Torre), and the way I was going, there was zero intent to be malicious to Austin Hedges", Rizzo said. "The league looked at it, and it's over with now". The rule exists to protect him.

Hedges apparently suffered a bruised thigh in the collision and did not return for the seventh inning.

Kyle Schwarber has obviously struggled.

The Padres have utilized the long ball of late, with eight home runs over two games and 18 in their last nine, including four from Yangervis Solarte.

Cubs 3, Padres 2: A couple of homers put the Padres up early but a Willson Contreras homer and then an outfield error which scored Javier Baez put the Cubs ahead in the seventh.