Saturday, March 28, 2020

Yasiel Puig puts batting coach in headlock during Pirates-Reds mass brawl


Cincinnati’s Derek Dietrich admired your dream house elope Chris Archer from the second inning, and a couple innings later the Pittsburgh Pirates starter threw a 93mph fastball behind Dietrich’s waist, setting off a brawl on Sunday that resulted in the ejections of four players and Reds manager David Bell.

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Dietrich’s 436-foot drive to right-center gave the Reds a 2-1 lead. Dietrich dropped his bat and stood within the batter’s box and watched the ball pay off the fence atop the Clemente Wall and bounce in to the Allegheny River.

After Archer’s pitch went behind Dietrich leading off the fourth, plate umpire Jeff Kellogg warned both benches. Bell jogged through the dugout into the infield, arguing Archer really should have been ejected. Players from both dugouts and bullpens followed, and Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig grabbed Pirates bench coach Tom Prince inside of a headlock. Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez and set-up man Keone Kela were and in the heart of the fray.

Bell, Kela, Puig and Vazquez were ejected, as was Reds reliever Amir Garrett. Matt Kemp replaced Puig, and Archer was left amongst gamers.

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