The Brewers and Cardinals have five games in three days, including doubleheaders on Monday and Wednesday — beginning a stretch of 10 games in two weeks between the two teams.
Their earlier series in August had been postponed due to positive tests for COVID-19 within the Cardinals traveling party. With both teams trying to make a playoff push, tempers flared, and the benches cleared during the Brewers 18-3 romp over the Cardinals Tuesday night. In an outburst reminiscent of their 19-run thrashing of the Tigers in Detroit last Wednesday, they homered four times and racked up 15 hits in coming out of nowhere with an 18-3 victory on Tuesday night at Miller Park.
During a fifth-inning Ryan Braun at-bat, he swung at a pitch and hit Yadier Molina’s left wrist as the catcher reached for the baseball. Catcher’s interference was called – and Braun headed to first base while Cardinals manager Mike Shildt came out to check on Molina. It was only the third time in Molina’s 17-year career, and the first since Sept. 25, 2006.
It was during the check-up that Shildt became incensed by something he heard from Milwaukee’s dugout; he and Molina approached the Milwaukee dugout and exchanged words with Brewers players. Players from both teams massed in front of the Milwaukee dugout, but that was the extent of it. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell and Cardinals manager Shildt were ejected, with Milwaukee leading 13-2.
And the drama was not complete. An inning later, as the Brewers prepared to bat in the sixth, there was another heated confrontation between Molina and the umpires, apparently over the warm-up of reliever Nabil Crismatt. Molina did eventually exit the game in the bottom of the seventh, with the Cardinals trailing, 17-3. The Brewers had never scored more than 13 runs against the Cardinals.