The hit-by-pitch came with first base open, and the Reds holding a 4-2 lead. It also happened to be Cingrani’s very first pitch since coming into the game from the bullpen.
Intentional or not, Harper took offense and exchanged a few words with Cingrani as he leisurely made his way to first. Reds first baseman Joey Votto came to Cingrani’s defense and Harper and Votto had a discussion of their own once he reached first base.
Following the game, Cingrani had this to say on Harper: "He should have jogged. Be a baseball player."
Harper characterized his interaction with Votto as ‘playful conversation’, and said he doesn’t believe Cingrani was intentionally trying to hit him.
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