Two Braves players were hit by pitches on Sunday — no Brewers were ejected.
This followed Saturday’s game when one Brewers player was hit by a pitch — yet two Braves were ejected.
Confused? So were the Braves.
In the sixth inning Sunday, and the Braves leading 8-3, Jason Heyward was hit in the right thigh by Brewers starter Manny Parra. One batter later, Troy Glaus was hit in the left hip by reliever David Riske. No warnings were given and neither pitcher nor Brewers manager Ken Macha were ejected by home plate umpire Scott Barry.
“[Barry] said he didn’t think he threw at him,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said of the explanation after Glaus was hit.
Those incidents followed Saturday’s ejections of Cox and Braves reliever Jonny Venters. Prince Fielder hit a leadoff homer off Tim Hudson to begin the seventh inning and was hit by a pitch in the eighth by Venters. Fielder also was hit by a pitch Friday immediately after a home run by Ryan Braun.
Venters’ first pitch of the inning, a slider, sailed near Fielder’s head and drew a warning from home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez. When the next pitch hit Fielder in the back it led to the immediate ejections.
Macha called for a league review of Saturday’s incident following the game.
Before Sunday’s game, Cox and Macha talked for several minutes while sitting on a maintenance vehicle during batting practice. Neither would reveal the details of the conversation.
“We don’t know if any of those [hit Braves batters] were on purpose,” outfielder Matt Diaz said after Sunday’s game. “All we control is ours, and we know ours weren’t. But [the Saturday incident] did look bad. So if the umpire gave the warning right away and kind of squashed it right away, then he did a good job of taking over the game.
“We’re pretty good at protecting our hitters, and they’re probably pretty good at protecting their guys.”