Cubs’ Happ hits Cardinals catcher Contreras in head with follow-through, then will get hit by pitch

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ hit St. Louis catcher Willson Contreras within the head with an extended follow-through on a swing, then was quickly hit himself by a pitch from Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas.

Mikolas and Cardinals supervisor Oliver Marmol had been ejected within the first-inning dustup between the longtime rivals.

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Contreras was lower badly and tumbled down. After a coach utilized a towel to his head, Contreras walked off the sector. The Cardinals stated Contreras had a scalp laceration and was each day to return to the lineup.

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Andrew Knizner took over behind the plate, and Mikolas brushed again Happ with the primary pitch when play resumed to run the rely to 3-1. With the subsequent pitch, Mikolas hit Happ within the rear.

Mikolas acted shocked by the umpires’ determination. He stopped whereas strolling off and appeared to gesture and name over to the Cubs dugout, apparently signaling them to return out on the sector.

Marmol argued the ejection and in addition was despatched to the clubhouse.

Dakota Hudson got here in to pitch for St. Louis. He gave up a single, walked two, and was touched for a ground-rule double. Chicago led 3-0.