Mets and Cardinals end triple header with bench clearance brawl – NBC Chicago

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The Mets-Cardinals’ triple-header in St. Louis came to a draw on Thursday as the two teams nearly came to blows in an eighth-inning bench clearance fight.

Yoan Lopez stood on the mound for the Mets when Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado stepped in to extend a 10-5 lead for St. Louis. Lopez’s opening throw passed Arenado, leaving him visibly upset. Several seconds of a rally between the two players were quickly followed by teammates from the dugouts and outfields rushing to the mound to get into the action.

Notably, Cardinals first baseman coach Stubby Clapp was spotted defeating Mets first baseman Pete Alonso early in the altercation.

The play came half an inning after Mets third baseman JD Davis left the game after being hit by Genesis Cabrera’s pitch. Davis looked visibly in pain.

The Cardinals shut out the Mets in the ninth inning for a 10-5 win. It was St. Louis’ only victory in this series. The Mets won the first two matchups by a combined score of 8-2.

After the game, both managers weighed in on the altercation, defending their team’s actions.

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said he “gobbled” on the pitch and accused Lopez of “endangering [Arenado’s] career and life.

Meanwhile, Mets manager Buck Showalter responded by simply contrasting Arenado’s reaction to Alonso’s when he was hit in the head in the first game of this series.

This is the second bench clearance incident of the season for the Mets. New York has already faced the Washington nationals in the second game of the year when shortstop Francisco Lindor took a hard pitch to the face.

New York currently leads MLB with 14 wins. Meanwhile, St. Louis is 10-7, good for second place in the NL Central.

The two teams will meet for a four-game series in New York starting May 16.

Lance B. Holton