Benches Clear 3 Times In Yankees-Tigers Game

At the time of today's 6th inning brawl the Tigers were on top 6-3. Chris Sale got rocked by Cleveland again last night, giving up seven runs in just three innings in Boston's 13-6 loss to the Tribe.

Detroit starter Michael Fulmer hit Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez with a pitch the previous inning. Next time up, Fulmer made sure lightning wouldn't strike twice.

Sanchez's first-inning homers the last two nights have led the Yankees putting up 23 runs and 30 hits in winning two straight from a Tigers club that looks like its mailing it in for the season in all ways. Kahnle was immediately thrown out by plate ump Carlos Torres. Yankees' manager Joe Girardi was tossed because of the lack of warning before Kahnle's ejection. Before Aroldis Chapman could get out to the mound to throw the next pitch, however, Cabrera and Yanks catcher Austin Romine got into it in a big way.

As Kahnle's replacement began warming up, a jawing match between catcher Austin Romine and Cabrera ensued. Betances, whether it was intentional or not, was ejected.

After the situation calmed down, the game resumed but the madness was not done. Betances and Yankees bench coach/acting manager Rob Thomson were both ejected.

It did not end there.

Detroit reliever Alex Wilson was tossed after hitting NY third baseman Todd Frazier with a pitch in the eighth. Hopefully we'll see more fight from them (in the baseball sense) in the month ahead. Wilson was ejected, apparently, Brad Ausmus was also ejected and the fun continued.

Romine and Cabrera were both ejected, but the worst part about the whole exchange was Gary Sanchez's sucker punches on Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos.

After an incident like this, there will likely be some ejections handed out.

Ray (10-5), who sustained a concussion when he was hit in the head by a 108 miles per hour line drive in his previous start July 28, allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine. Both Cabrera and Romine were ejected. We may even see suspensions for Dellin Betances and Tommy Kahlne as Major League Baseball usually does not take not take too kindly to pitchers purposely throwing pitchers at batters.

The dugouts had emptied because Alex Wilson had just beaned Todd Frazier, an act that Wilson later acknowledged was fully intentional.

  • Julie Sanders