Major League Base-brawl! Carnage breaks out during Angels vs Mariners’ game with both managers and SIX players dismissed after punches are thrown – causing game to be delayed by 18 minutes
- A brawl broke out during the match between LA Angels and Seattle Mariners
- It started after Seattle’s Jesse Winker was hit by a pitch from Andrew Wantz
- Players and staff got involved in the scuffle that stopped and then started again
- Both managers and six players were dismissed from the field of play
- Play was delayed by 18 minutes due to the unusual incident on Sunday
The Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels engaged in a lengthy full-team brawl in the second innings on Sunday after tensions over two days of inside pitches boiled over.
The scuffle stopped and started twice before Angels closer Raisel Iglesias came back out to the empty field to throw a tub of sunflower seeds and another bucket of gum onto the infield while screaming at the umpires.
Three of the first four hitters in Seattle’s lineup – Jesse Winker, Julio Rodriguez and J.P. Crawford – were thrown out, while Angels pitchers Andrew Wantz, Iglesias and Ryan Tepera were given their marching orders.
Los Angeles interim manager Phil Nevin and Seattle’s Scott Servais were also ejected.
The fight between the two teams broke out after Seattle’s Jesse Winker was hit by the first pitch of the second innings by Angels opener Andrew Wantz, who had also thrown a pitch behind the head of the Mariners’ No. 2 hitter, Julio Rodriguez, in the first innings.
The first pitch to Rodriguez certainly appeared to be a response to Erik Swanson’s 95 mph fastball near Mike Trout’s head in the ninth innings on Saturday night, a throw that infuriated the three-time AL MVP.
The umpires gathered together after the pitch, but only issued warnings to both dugouts.
The brawl started when Jesse Winker (C) was hit by a pitch thrown by Andrew Wantz
A brawl broke out, with players and staff from both teams wanting to get involved
The brawl lasted for around four minutes, and multiple punches were thrown
On this occasion, Winker reacted angrily to getting hit, yelling and gesturing at the Angels’ dugout, and the sides charged each other moments later, with both benches and bullpens emptying.
The brawl lasted about four minutes, with people from both teams appearing to throw multiple punches.
When Winker finally left the field, he appeared to make an obscene gesture at the jeering Angels fans behind Seattle’s dugout.
The scoreless game was delayed by approximately 18 minutes, and it resumed with pinch-runner Adam Frazier on first for Seattle and Jose Suarez on the mound for Los Angeles.
The AL West rivals were meeting for the eighth time in 11 days, with the Mariners going for a clean sweep in Anaheim after the Angels won four of five in Seattle last week.
Los Angeles interim manager Phil Nevin was dismissed for his part in the brawl
Seattle manager Scott Servais was also given his marching orders after the incident
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