Pedro Strop calls Yasiel Puig stupid after HBP

Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop and Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig probably won’t be sharing any laughs together tomorrow.

Puig was hit by Strop on a 3-0 pitch at which time Cubs catcher Wilson Contreas and Anthony Rizzo held him back as he made a few steps towards the mound.

“He just reacted like that,” Strop said following the game. “Maybe because it was a 3-0 pitch, maybe it looks weird. I wasn’t commanding my sinker and I didn’t want to leave a cookie 3-0. He’ll swing 3-0 and hit it way out of the park. He just acted stupid.”

The Cubs went on to win 6-0.

“I told him, ‘Why are you talking?'” Strop said. “‘You have a chance to do whatever you need to do on the mound. Now you’re just screaming.’

“It’s not a secret he’s stupid. He’s stupid as f—. I have nothing against him, but he’s stupid. There’s no doubt about it.”

Reds manager David Bell was tossed from the game in the ninth after Dylan Maples got Jose Peraza.


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