Retaliation Does Exist

For those who doubt that NL pitchers face retaliation for plunking batters, please see today’s Astros-Cubs game.

CHICAGO — Both benches cleared briefly in the second inning of Friday’s game between the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs when Cubs catcher Michael Barrett began jawing with Astros’ pitcher Roy Oswalt, five days after Oswalt hit him in the back with a pitch….

Barrett said after that game that he “thought he [Oswalt] was better than that” and warned: “We’re going to see him again.”

With Wood on the mound Friday in another matchup with Oswalt, Barrett and Oswalt exchanged words when the Houston pitcher came to the plate to lead off the second with the Astros leading 4-2.

After the brief altercation, Oswalt grounded out and the two again exchanged a few words after Barrett had run down the first-base line to back up the throw.

In the top of the sixth, Oswalt again came up as the leadoff hitter, with the Astros leading 8-4, and he was hit in the thigh by the first pitch from Cubs reliever Kent Mercker. Both benches stayed off the field this time as Bucknor warned Mercker and the two dugouts. Astros manager Phil Garner came out to talk to Bucknor.

Oh yeah, and don’t for get this stuff.

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