Cincinnati Reds players openly voiced their frustration with how San Diego Padres slugger Luke Voit slid into Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson. While trying to score from Jurickson Profar's first-inning double, Voit slammed into Stephenson.
As Voit went into his slide, he raised his arms and then brought them down forcefully into Stephenson's hand. Stephenson was left with a concussion. "The way his hands hit him, it was dirty as f---," Reds outfielder Tommy Pham told reporters, per ESPN.
"I don't like it at all. The way [Voit's] hands hit [Stephenson] in the face, it was dirty. "If Luke wants to settle it, I get down really well. Anything -- Muay Thai, whatever. I've got a [gym] owner here who will let me use his facility."
Reds manager disappointed Voit's hit left his player with a concusssion
"I didn't have a problem with the slide," Reds manager David Bell told reporters. "But it's a helpless feeling when one of your players gets hit in the head and they're lying there.
It's scary for me." After the game, Voit insisted he definitely didn't intend to hurt Stephenson. "I wasn't trying to take him out or anything," Voit said. "I guess my elbow just kind of smoked his head a little bit.
Hope he's all right, no hard feelings. It's baseball. I wasn't trying to make it dirty or anything. I'm just trying to make a play obviously." Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer agreed with Pham that Voit's play was "dirty."
"Looking back at the replay, I'm not too happy about the slide," Farmer said. "Not too often you see a runner slide and grab someone's head and slam it to the ground like that. You're usually trying to reach for the bag.
Maybe that's what he was trying to do. After looking at the replay, it looked like a wrestling move to Tyler's head and snapped it down. "I've caught before, and it's a scary play, especially when you have a big guy like Voit coming down. I've never really seen someone's hands go to a catcher's head on a slide."