Nolan Arenado exited the Rockies’ series finale against the Cubs with a “left forearm contusion” on Wednesday prior to the fifth inning, after being hit by a Cole Hamels fastball in the third inning.
Arenado wasn’t happy about the beaning, which the third baseman clearly thought was intentional. He let Hamels know he was angry, and then turned and shouted a few words in the direction of the Cubs’ dugout as well.
Tuesday, Kris Bryant showed his displeasure about being hit twice by rookie right-hander Peter Lambert. And earlier in Wednesday’s game, Antonio Senzatela threw a high and inside fastball to Cubs shortstop Javier Baez.
Arenado came out to play third base in the fourth, making the final out on a line-drive catch but did not come out for the fifth.
With two outs in the seventh, Rockies right-hander Bryan Shaw then plunked Hamels in the foot. Tensions seemed to have calmed down at that point, with no movement from either dugout.
But the beanball wasn’t done. Rookie southpaw Phillip Diehl, who made his major league debut Tuesday, came on in a 8-0 game in the eighth and hit Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the hip. That was followed by a towering Baez homer in which the shortstop stared down Diehl for several moments before circling the bases.
The plunkings concluded in the ninth, when Brad Brach’s fastball hit Tony Wolters. The pitch promoted a discussion between manager Bud Black and the umpires, but no ejections.
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