We’ll admit, it’s nice to see the Cubs show a little fire.
Things got a little chippy in the eighth inning of the Cubs’ 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, as Cubs shortstop Javy Baez took issue with some jawing by Cincy reliever Amir Garrett after striking out Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
After the strikeout, Garrett started beating his chest vigorously and then followed with what looked like some yelling and taunting gestures to Rizzo as he walked back to the dugout. Baez came partially out of the dugout to express his feelings about the taunting and Garrett responded by walking towards the Cubs dugout gesturing emphatically.
At that point, both benches cleared. No punches were thrown and after a few minutes of pushing and shoving, order was restored and the game went on with no ejections.
Meanwhile, the Cubs got outstanding pitching from starter Zach Davies and 5 relievers, including closer Craig Kimbrell, who pitched himself into a 9th-inning jam giving up two hits, and then pitched himself out of it, ultimately preserving the save. As he does.
The team close out their 3-game set this afternoon in Cincy.