St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas and manager Oliver Marmol have both been ejected from the game against the Chicago Cubs. Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras was hit in the head by an Ian Happ backswing and Mikolas took matters into his own hands.
Just a few pitches later, Mikolas threw a ball and plunked Happ, which led to his immediate ejection. It was still the first inning when the incident took place.
Marmol then argued the call and got ejected as well. It is likely he was complaining that no warnings were given to either side prior to an ejection. Considering the Cardinals had just seen their catcher taken off bleeding, it is perhaps no surprise many were emotional.
Fox Sports shared the footage of Mikolas throwing at Happ and his subsequent ejection on Twitter:
“Willson Contreras left the game after getting hit by Ian Happ on his backswing. Two pitches later, Miles Mikolas hit Happ with a pitch and was ejected from the game” – Fox Sports
Then just moments later, Marmol was ejected from the game, as seen in this clip, also shared on Twitter by Fox Sports.
“Now Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol has been tossed from the game” – Fox Sports
It is hard to see the St. Louis Cardinals win without starting pitcher Miles Mikolas or manager Oliver Marmol
Losing your starting pitcher at the beginning of the game will certainly have a ripple effect throughout the entire series. It changes the strategy for every game and makes winning just a little bit harder. The surging Cubs will be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.