ST. LOUIS -- Wow, some actual emotion postgame. There's a legitimate feud between two of the best players for each team.
Brandon Phillips was upset with Albert Pujols for the 5th inning double play attempt. Phillips said Pujols took a jab step inside to get in the way of his throw and that it should have been interference. The play led to all four runs in the fifht inning. Another missed shot at a double play in the sixth led to five more.
"I respect him as a player and as a person, but he came in standing up and that jjust shows me he doesn't respect me turning a double play," Phillips said. "He tried to hurt me. You don't do that. It taught me a lesson. Lesson learned."
"He did his job, next time I'll do mine," Phillips said. "I'll just throw it through the (m.f.)."
"I think it was interference because he didn't slide," Phillips said. "I wish there was another double play."
"Next time he better get his ass down," Phillips said.
Phillips said he tried to talk to Pujols about it, but Pujols brushed him off.
Pujols responded that Phillips told him that the next time he was going to throw at his head, Pujols said to go ahead.
"That's the way I play the game, I play it hard," Pujols said. "He's the one who didn't make an adjustment. He didn't get out of the way."
When told that Phillips said that the next time he would throw at him and make him get down, Pujols said: "Next time I'll put him in left field, so get out of the way."
Reds interim manager Pete Mackanin said he learned his lesson early as a middle infielder that you throw through the runner and make him get down.
"I don't know if Pujols intentionally stood up, I don't know if he tried to disrupt the throw," Mackanin said. "It's up the second baseman or shortstop to throw at his head to force him to slide. That's why Manny Trillo threw sidearm, so you had to get down."
Pete said one time he threw at a guy and it bounced off his helmet and past the first baseman, allowing the runs to score, but you've got to throw through the runner and force them down.