08/05/09 7:30 PM ET
Phillies weigh in on Manny-Fielder HBPs
Manuel says Phils 'got aggressive' with Ramirez in NLCS
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
The Brewers hit Manny Ramirez with a pitch Tuesday in a 17-4 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Guillermo Mota then hit Prince Fielder with a pitch with two outs in the ninth inning. An enraged Fielder tried to storm Los Angeles' clubhouse after the game only to have teammates and security guards hold him back.
Dodgers catcher Russell Martin explained why Mota hit Fielder.
"We don't want the same scenario that happened last year in the playoffs, where the Phillies kind of tried to intimidate us by throwing at Manny and we really didn't retaliate," he said. "We don't want to be considered as a team that doesn't have our players' backs."
The Phillies pitched aggressively to Ramirez during the NLCS, which they won in five games. Brett Myers memorably threw behind Ramirez's back in Game 2. The Dodgers didn't retaliate until Game 3 in Los Angeles, when Hirkoi Kuroda threw at Shane Victorino's head.
"I would never ever tell somebody to hit Manny," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Wednesday. "I mean that. But at the same time, we definitely pitched him inside. We didn't want him leaning over the plate and being able to smoke the ball away. Manny is a good hitter and everybody knows that. That's part of playing the game. That's just part of playing baseball.
"As long as you keep the ball in front it's up to the hitter to get out of the way. Yeah, we got aggressive with Manny. Manny tries to get aggressive with us, doesn't he? That's how you play baseball."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.