It only took 13 innings before some bad blood between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals flared up Saturday.
Cincinnati’s Nick Castellanos clearly was unhappy when he was hit by a 92-mph fastball from Cardinals reliever Jake Woodford on the first pitch of his at-bat in the fourth inning. Castellanos stared at the mound and talked to catcher Yadier Molina.
After taking off his shin guard and elbow guard, Castellanos held up the baseball and appeared to ask Woodford if he wanted it back.
After Castellanos advanced to third on a single by Joey Votto, he scored on a wild pitch with a head-first slide to the plate. He stared at Woodford as he stood up, celebrating the run. Molina ran in front of Woodford and tapped Castellanos as he began to walk away, prompting the benches and bullpens to clear.
There was a lot of shoving around the plate, but no punches appeared to be thrown. Castellanos was escorted near the Reds dugout by home-plate umpire Tony Randazzo and then ejected for the first time in his career.
As the relievers began returning toward their bullpens, there was more shoving in the outfield.
During the Reds’ 11-6 Opening Day loss to the Cardinals, Castellanos hit a two-run homer and tossed his bat.