Willson Contreras repeatedly pressed a finger to his lips after he rounded second base on Tuesday night. The Cubs’ catcher admitted that all the frustration that had been building with each hit-by-pitch over this season and last was flowing out, and he was enjoying every second.
Moments earlier, Contreras had launched a Brent Suter offering for a two-run homer in the eighth, powering Chicago to a 3-2 victory over the Brewers. As the baseball soared out to left, Contreras turned to his teammates and gave his bat an emphatic celebratory toss toward the third-base dugout.
The bat flip. The shush. Contreras reveled in it all.
“It feels good to shut them up,” Contreras said of his motion to the Milwaukee crowd. “We sent a message. I think they picked the wrong guy to throw at. That was a message sent.”
Contreras, who has made his frustration over being hit by the pitch so often no secret, also reiterated his belief that the Brewers are not plunking him on purpose. The catcher has been hit seven times by Milwaukee pitchers over the past two seasons, including three this year and four as part of his MLB-leading 14 hit-by-pitches in 2020.
In the fourth inning on Tuesday night, Contreras wore a Brandon Woodruff pitch off his left hand, but shook it off and took his base without complaint. The same could not be said a week ago, when Contreras ignited a benches-clearing…