Frustrations are high and tempers are flaring between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game.
By Robby Sabo
When was the last time anybody saw a brawl break out on the diamond during an MLB Postseason game? Tough to remember one.
Tonight at PNC Park a brawl was very close to commencing.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher and possible front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award, Jake Arrieta, has kept the Pirates in check all game. So far through seven innings he’s allowed no runs and just three hits while striking out nine.
The Cubs lead 4-0.
Perhaps frustration boiled over a bit too much. After Arrieta plunked two Pirates batters, he had the favor returned in his direction in the most unintentional “intentional” plunking of all-time.
The benches cleared and chaos ensued. Sean Rodriguez even started going nuts in the clubhouse on a Gatorade cooler.
Cooler heads prevailed (except Rodriguez), and the teams play on in the eighth-inning.
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