Anthony Rizzo did more damage against the Padres in the Cubs 4-0 win on Tuesday. One night after his home-plate collision which was deemed illegal by Major League Baseball Rizzo homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning.
This man is in 2nd place in @AllStarGame voting.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 21, 2017
Some wondered whether the Padres would plunk Rizzo in retaliation for that slide, which forced catcher Austin Hedges to leave Mondays game with a bruised thigh. However, Padres manager Andy Green made it clear that his team wouldnt intentionally hit Rizzo with a pitch even though he thought the slide was a cheap shot.
Speaking with The Mighty 1090 radio in San Diego on Tuesday, Green explained his stance:
What do you accomplish by hitting somebody? Green said. You accomplish nothing. You put a man on first base, and you give them a chance to win a baseball game. You dont, all of a sudden, gain the high, moral ground because you chose to retaliate. You dont, all of a sudden, get to pound your chest because you were man enough to throw a ball at somebodys back. I think its absolutely asinine to even take that approach.
Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin echoed those comments after Tuesdays game:
I had a meeting with Andy, and he asked me to give my word I wont hit (Rizzo) on purpose, Chacin said, per The San Diego Union-Tribune. He asked me to pitch inside to try to get him out, instead of putting him on first base. I was trying to do that, I was trying to make good pitches to him, and he hit a homer. That wasnt the result I was looking for. In the second (at-bat), I got him out pitching inside.
So, cooler heads did prevail.
Meanwhile, Rizzo is getting pretty used to this leadoff thing: In six games atop the order, he is 6-for-6 with three homers.