Pirates Pitching 'Out Of Control — Joe Maddon

Ruben Hill
July 5, 2019

Fans didn't have to wait until after the Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game Thursday for Fourth of July fireworks.

Maddon appeared to be upset with the Pirates because a pitch from right-hander Jordan Lyles almost hit Cubs second baseman Javier Baez.

Based on the game's television broadcast, Maddon appeared to be upset with Hurdle.

While Maddon's ultimate goal was likely to fire up his players, who had gotten a couple of far-inside pitches from Jordan Lyles to that point, he probably earned himself a running clubhouse joke at his expense. Maddon was tossed in the top of the fourth after Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was almost hit by a pitch that caromed off the knob of his bat.

Hurdle defended Lyles in his postgame press conference, saying that he felt like Lyles relied on high, inside pitches because he was trying his best to avoid giving up another home run, as he had already given up three homers before the infamous Baez at-bat.

An inning later, a 94-mph pitch from Pirates right-hander Clay Holmes hit Cubs third baseman David Bote in the helmet.

Maddon didn't get by West, though it took several Cubs and two umpires total to restrain him.

Bote stayed in the game after he was visited by a trainer.

The Cubs have been stuck in a prolonged slump, holding a 4-13 road recording since May 27, entering Thursday's action.

That scary turn of events no doubt contributed to Maddon's anger. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Cubs games easily on your device.

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