Con­tr­eras sus­pended for 2 games

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - BASEBALL -

Chicago Cubs catcher Will­son Con­tr­eras was sus­pended for two games and fined an undis­closed amount for what Ma­jor League Base­ball called “in­ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions” dur­ing Chicago’s win over the St. Louis Car­di­nals on Fri­day. Cubs pitcher John

Lackey also was fined an undis­closed amount, MLB an­nounced Saturday.

Con­tr­eras has ap­pealed the sus­pen­sion, so he was in the lineup Saturday.

Con­tr­eras and Lackey were ejected in the fifth in­ning a day ear­lier for ar­gu­ing with home-plate um­pire Jor­dan Baker. Lackey thought St. Louis pitcher Car­los Martinez struck out to end the in­ning, but the pitch was called a ball. Martinez then sin­gled to drive in a run, giv­ing the Car­di­nals a 2-1 lead.

Lackey ar­gued and was ejected. Con­tr­eras was ejected a short while later and threw down his mask in anger. It hit Baker’s leg.

Con­tr­eras, 25, apol­o­gized af­ter the game, say­ing he had no in­ten­tion of hit­ting Baker.

Lackey, 38, wasn’t con­trite af­ter the game.

“It’s a pretty big spot right there,” he said. “It cost me a big-league win.”

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