ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham told media he believes the Chicago Cubs pitcher drilled him on purpose in last night’s victory over the Cubs.
Pham was asked if he thought the pitch was meant to hit him, and said, “It was definitely on purpose.”
He said after being hit, he had to “think twice” before charging the mound, but says he didn’t say anything to Cubs reliever Felix Pena after the pitch hit him.
“I don’t make enough money right now to face a suspension,” Pham said.
Pham was also asked why he thought Chicago would intentionally throw at him, and he suggested it was possibly because Carlos Martinez hit Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant in the third inning — Martinez hit him with a 99-mph fastball on a 2-2 count.
Here’s the full audio of Pham talking to media before the game:
Two innings after taking a 95-mph pitch to the rib cage during Tuesday’s 8-7 win over the Cubs at Busch Stadium, Pham had to be replaced by a pinch-hitter due to lingering discomfort.
He hit a two-run home run – his 23rd – to left field in the second inning, extending the Cardinals’ lead to 5-1.
St. Louis hosts Chicago again tonight. First pitch is at 6:08 p.m. Either a Cubs win or Milwaukee Brewers loss would mean Chicago winning the NL Central tonight.