Cardinals Pitcher Miles Mikolas Suspended for Intentionally Hitting Cubs' Ian Happ

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas has been suspended for five games and fined by MLB's Senior Vice President for On-Field Operations

1. Suspension and Fine

The incident occurred during the Cardinals' 10-3 loss to the Cubs in St. Louis, specifically in the top of the first inning.

2. Incident Description

Happ swung through a slider from Mikolas and accidentally hit Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras in the head with his follow-through.

3. Accidental Collision

Contreras had to leave the game with a bleeding gash on his head and was substituted by catcher Andrew Knizner.

4. Catcher Replacement

On the very next pitch, Mikolas threw a four-seam fastball up and in on Happ, forcing him to get out of the way.

5. Intentional Pitch

Following the previous pitch, Mikolas hit Happ with a 94 mph fastball on his backside, leading to Happ being awarded first base and Mikolas being ejected from the game after a consultation among all four umpires.

6. Hitting Happ

Mikolas only faced three batters during the night and received the loss for his actions. He is currently appealing his suspension.

7. Short Performance

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol was also ejected from the game for arguing the call, and he received a one-game suspension and a fine.

8. Manager's Ejection

Crew chief Lance Barksdale clarified that Mikolas was ejected because the hit-by-pitch was deemed intentional by all four umpires.

9. Umpire's Verdict

The article also raises questions about the potential link between MLB's pitch clock and the increase in pitcher injuries, though further details on this connection are not provided in the snippet.

10. Pitch Clock Concerns