HOUSTON (BaseballStL) -- Mitchell Boggs might have given a preview of what is to come after plunking Houston Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell in the 8th inning of the Cardinals’ 9-8 loss.
Maxwell broke an unwritten rule after hitting a two-run home run in the 2nd inning off Jaime Garcia -- the rule: no showboating. Maxwell, and Garcia for that matter, knew the ball was gone the moment it left the bat. A fling of the bat and a little strut was probably enough to rub some players, possibly Boggs, the wrong way.
It isn’t certain if Boggs’ heater to the legs of Maxwell in the 8th inning was on purpose, but it was justifiable to say the least.
Maxwell’s home run only measured 377 feet because it hit the train tracks at Minute Maid Park, but does a career .210 hitter have the right to show up the opposition by gloating? Probably not -- even if it is your third home run in the last ten games.
It would be a surprise to see this incident carry over to Wednesday’s game because of the starting pitchers scheduled (Adam Wainwright and Bud Norris), but don’t rule out a bench-clearing incident in the series finale on Thursday.