Reds P Cueto gets 7-game suspension for brawl

Posted: 12/08/2010 in MLB

Reds’ Cueto suspended seven games; Baker, La Russa also penalized

Phillips in middle of Cards, Reds brawl

Cincinnati  Reds pitcher  Johnny Cueto  was suspended  seven games by  Major League Baseball for his role in the August 10 benches-clearing melee with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Managers  Dusty Baker  of Cincinnati and Tony  La Russa of St. Louis were also suspended  two games apiece. The two skippers were the only ejections from the incident  that  occurred in the  bottom of the  first inning at Great American Ball Park.

The  problems  began when Cincinnati’s  Brandon Phillips and St. Louis catcher Yadier  Molina engaged in a heated argument. Phillips had previously made some inflammatory  comments about  the Cardinals and tapped Molina’s shin guards as he was set to bat in the bottom of the first.

Both  dugouts  quickly emptied and  numerous players began pulling and pushing each  other.  Reds third  baseman  Scott  Rolen  and Cardinals  pitcher  Chris Carpenter  became entangled as the scrum moved from home plate to the wall and screen behind plate.

Cueto,  the  starting pitcher  for that  night’s game,  was pinned against the screen and was trying to kick his way out.

MLB  deemed Cueto’s  actions “violent and aggressive” in doling out the severe punishment.  He  is  scheduled  to  begin his  suspension  on  Friday,  unless appealed.

Baker  and La Russa will each serve their suspensions Friday and Saturday. The Reds will be hosting the Florida Marlins, while the Cardinals will welcome the Chicago Cubs to St. Louis. Both teams were off Thursday.

The Cardinals began the three-game series against the Reds two games behind in the  NL Central,  but wound  up sweeping  the set  and moved  a game  ahead of Cincinnati.

Cueto,  Baker,  La Russa,  Phillips, Molina,  Carpenter and Cincinnati pitcher Russ Springer were also fined undisclosed amounts.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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