Francisco Lindor displayed a welt on his left thigh but doubted the pitch that caused it was intentional.
Even so, Christopher Sanchez’s pitch that drilled Lindor within the eighth inning Sunday night led to tensions between the Mets and Phillies that heightened within the ninth when Yoan Lopez threw inside to Kyle Schwarber before plunking Alex Bohm with a changeup.
Francisco Lindor is drilled by a pitch within the eighth inning. AP
Emotions remained in check with each teams staying within the dugout on an evening the Mets rolled to a 10-6 victory at Citi Field.
“I’m glad no person got hurt,” Lindor said.
Benches between the Mets and Cardinals emptied last Wednesday in St. Louis after Lopez threw high-and-tight to Nolan Arenado after J.D. Davis got drilled within the foot. Pushing and shoving ensued — with Pete Alonso sacked from behind by Cardinals first-base coach Stubby Clapp — that led to suspensions for Arenado and Genesis Cabrera. MLB fined Lopez.
The Mets have been hit by 20 pitches this season, which leads MLB. On Friday, Mets players met with MLB officials to voice their concern in regards to the plunkings, which have included Alonso (twice) and Lindor getting hit above the neck.
“I don’t think their guy was attempting to hit Lindor and I believe we were just trying to seek out a strategy to pitch [Schwarber] — he’s hit all the things we have now thrown up there,” manager Buck Showalter said.