Tempers were hot last Sunday after a brawl between rivals Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros cleared the stands.
True feelings came out after Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was brought to light months after by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers.
The Altheltics’ ninth set win in a row was intensified during the seventh inning when Oakland’s Ramon Laureano was his by a pitch and took first base.
The A’s outfielder then was seen to be exchanging words with the Astros hitting coach Alex Citron, leaving first base and charging towards the first base dugout.
Dustin Garneau, the Astros catcher then left the bench and attempted to stop Laureano before reaching Cintron.
“I was just trying to stop the situation before punches were really thrown and stuff got out of hand,” Garneau said.
“That’s really what my whole goal was for that incident.”
#Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron needs to be suspended indefinitely for his role in today's benching clearing brawl. However, he will likely get off with just a slap on the wrist because we all know Commissioner Rob Manfred will do nothing to the Astros. pic.twitter.com/Ob8bkNcX7O
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Plate umpire Ted Barrett was then forced to eject Laureano and A’s catcher Austin Allen.
Astros manager Dusty Baker was also tossed a half-inning earlier over aggressive remarks regarding balls and strikes.
“It’s in the heat in the moment, we’re all men out there, with high pride and anxiety and everything else. These things happen when you’re on the baseball field,” he said.
Oakland’s 7-2 victory over the Astros lead Houston to lose its with in a row overall.
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