After Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos hit his second home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in as many batting appearances, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt asked the umpires to check his stick in the second inning. of a 12-2 win for the Reds on Wednesday.
Castellanos purposely brought the bat to the referee squad, who visibly had a piece missing from the top of the barrel, after hitting a grand slam at the bottom of the second. The umpires met to perform a replay to determine if the stick impacted the stick. The game was maintained and it was concluded that the bat had no impact on the circuits of Castellanos.
Castellanos have used a bat with a chip several times this season, including this week’s streak against the Cardinals.
“My take is that it was my second home and I did six. All of a sudden there was a problem,” Castellanos said after the game. “There was no problem when (Jon) Lester completely cut me up (Monday). And there was no problem in the first game (Wednesday). But then there was a problem. “
Shildt said the Cardinals, who beat the Reds 5-4 earlier in the day in Game 1 of a doubles program, were trying to get the cracked bat checked because it was a safety issue.
“The bat has been chipped. It’s just by rule,” said Shildt. “Look, I don’t want to make that big of a deal. The guy hit a home run with a chipped bat so good for him – he put two really good shots on it.
“I wasn’t going to say anything at first, but the bat boy rushed in there so quickly that I didn’t want the bat to go away. I knew there was no really recourse. I thought the crew handled it well. I just wanted to make sure we captured the bat because he (the bat boy) left so fast. That was it. . Nothing bigger than that. “
After the game, team manager Phil Cuzzi explained that “Castellano’s home run was never about not counting him”, but he could no longer use the chipped bat.
“It didn’t give him any advantage,” Cuzzi said. “It’s really a more dangerous thing because it’s easier for this bat, if he gets a ball off the end of the bat it might shatter and who knows? in someone’s face. It was more of a safety, but it had nothing to do with the home run. ”
Castellanos finished 2 for 3 with six RBIs, one walks and three runs scored. With home runs, Castellanos became the first player with six RBIs in the first two innings of a game since RBIs became official in 1920, according to Elias’s sports office.
“It is what it is,” Castellanos said of the incident. “My feelings about it are sort of irrelevant. That’s what (Shildt) chose to do. I decided to give the dangerous piece of wood to a lucky kid who was sitting on top of the canoe then, at the end of the day, everyone wins. “
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