Cubs' Pedro Strop After Altercation: 'It's No Secret' Yasiel Puig Is 'Stupid'

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 30, 2019

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 29: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cincinnati Reds is restrained after being hit by a pitch from Pedro Strop #46 of the Chicago Cubs in the eighth inning at Great American Ball Park on June 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cubs won 6-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Saturday's MLB slate featured fireworks on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, starting with the New York Yankees beating the Boston Red Sox 17-13 in an MLB London Series game that featured six home runs and 37 hits.

There were fireworks of an entirely different kind stateside in the Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds game.

Benches cleared after Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop plunked Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig with an eighth-inning pitch:

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Hitting Yasiel Puig in the batter's box? Not a great idea. https://t.co/IaeeuSvqy1

After the game, Strop made his feelings loud and clear about Puig:

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Pedro Strop was confused as to why Yasiel Puig got angry: “It’s no secret, he’s stupid. He’s stupid as (expletive). Nothing against him, he’s just stupid.”

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Strop on Puig, Part 1 https://t.co/Fe3Dzf11Wy

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Strop on Puig, Part 2 https://t.co/d7AK8LCqxG

Puig wasn't interested in discussing the topic and looked toward the series' rubber match on Sunday:

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Following a war of words with Pedro Strop after being hit by a pitch, Yasiel Puig reacts to the situation and says his focus is on the @Reds winning the series tomorrow. https://t.co/xkFcIQqz7H

Neither player was ejected, but Reds manager David Bell was after arguing with home-plate umpire Mark Wegner over infielder Jose Peraza being hit one inning later.

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David Bell was ejected from the game in the 9th inning. https://t.co/llOMWW67Ww

Bell provided his takes postgame:

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Both benches were warned following the Puig/Strop incident so David Bell says he went out to question the Umpire after Peraza was hit... his response? He didn’t think the HBP was intentional. https://t.co/nc7D06R4tx

Cincinnati hosts Chicago in the series finale on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET.