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Pair of Cardinals, including Miles Mikolas, suspended for antics in Cubs-Cards’ opener

2 months agoAndy Martinez

ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas’ antics were quickly punished — and he isn’t the only one paying the price.

The Cardinals’ righty was suspended 5 games by MLB and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Ian Happ in Thursday’s series opener at Busch Stadium. Additionally, Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol was suspended one game and is serving it Friday night. Mikolas appealed the suspension, so it has not gone into effect just yet.

With two outs in the 1st inning on Thursday, Happ swung and missed at a Mikolas slider and in doing so, caught former teammate and catcher Willson Contreras on his back swing, hitting him in the head. Contreras was gushing blood from his head and left the game, hugging Happ as he walked off.

On the next pitch after play resumed, Mikolas throw a fastball up and in that Happ stepped out of the way from. The second pitch, though, didn’t miss. Mikolas rifled a 94-mph fastball that caught Happ on his backside. The umpire crew huddled together and ejected Mikolas.

“Even though we feel – [home plate umpire] Ryan [Additon] felt – 100% that it was intentional, we are required to get together as a crew and discuss as a crew,” crew chief Lance Barksdale told a pool reporter Thursday night. “And to a man we all four it was no doubt that was intentional. And when it’s intentional, no matter where it hits him at, he’s ejected.”

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