An altercation occurred in the first inning of Tuesday’s Cardinals-D’backs game when Arizona pitcher Edwin Jackson hit StL starter Chris Carpenter on the forearm on an 0-2 pitch. On a double play, Carpenter, um, elected not to slide, instead bearing down on D’backs second baseman Kelly Johnson, who took exception to such a play.
When Carpenter snapped back at Johnson, the Diamondbacks infield began to circle around him, prompting first baseman Albert Pujols to lead a charge from the first-base dugout.
Pujols first confronted catcher Chris Snyder as Jackson and Carpenter resumed their shouting match. At one point Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo restrained Jackson.
So the reigning NL MVP isn’t content to sit around and let his teammates get beat up on. Instead of watching from the bench with his millions of dollars in salary securely tucked under his cap, Albert had Carp’s back.
Pujols didn’t get a hit in last night’s 9-4 Cardinals victory, but in essence, he hit a grand slam.