Originally Posted by REDREAD
It was bush league... I love watching Chapman pitch, but that was stupid and dangerous if intentional.
The guy has pinpoint control his year, I doubt it was an accident.
Just exactly why was there a need to brush back McCutchon when there's two outs in the ninth, leading by 3 runs? There wasn't.
Sorry. I have to disagree. How many times have we seen Chapman overthrow his fastball and miss really high our outside. He doesn't have pinpoint control.
McCutchen stands close to the plate, Hanigan set up inside and the pitch was in a little too much. Good hitters get pitched inside. That's why Votto gets hit or brushed back. It's baseball, and a HBP there makes no sense. It's only a 3-0 lead, and why wake a team that was sleepwalking all night.
I don't blame McCutchen for being mad, though. That's got to hurt. He should be more upset for being a spectator on Heisey's inside-the-park HR.