He somehow wasn't ejected (Lovullo was the lone casualty in that regard), but Molina appears to shove Timmons at one point. I think the one message that I want to say is that I respect Yady, I think he's one of the best catchers in baseball. "That's where I was coming from".
In a reportedly profanity-laced tirade, Lovullo ranted to home plate umpire Tim Timmons that Molina was deceiving him and manipulating the strike zone. Molina appeared to lunge at Luvollo and made contact as players ran onto the field.
Molina moved toward Lovullo before they were separated and the benched cleared.
Lovullo initially came out to argue balls and strikes but, after a few unwise words, found himself face-to-face with Molina, causing the dugouts to empty.
Lovullo commented on the altercation after the game, saying he "used a poor choice of words" and wishes he could take back what he said. It really wasn't directed at him.
Louis Cardinals catcher said Lovullo called him "a bad word", and it's become clear what that word was. I suppose we will never know, but maybe someday (Bengie) Molina will do a tell-all interview with us here at Call to the Pen. "You can't allow that", Molina said.
Timmons explained what he saw and heard to media. "Or an umpire. You've got to be professional", he said, according to MLB.com. And he pointed at me, too. "[The contact] was just incidental". In his second year in charge, Lovullo got his 100th win and was given a post-game beer shower by his coaches.
So in essence we had a near-brawl in St. Louis because of pitch-framing.
Mike Fiers combined with four relievers on a three-hitter, and the Tigers took advantage of a passed ball to score an unearned run in the first inning Sunday for a 1-0 win to complete a three-game sweep.