The Houston Astros are trying to build a scandal behind them that stole their sign, but the Los Angeles Dodgers seem to have their own thoughts on the matter.
The benches were cleared Tuesday night during Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over Astros in the first inter-team game, as Houston was found to have stolen signs on its way to the 2017 World Championships in Los Angeles.
Fracas came after Dodgers relief Joe Kelly threw high and steady heights on Astros stars Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa in the sixth inning.
“Bullets sometimes go away, but not so much in the big leagues,” said Houston manager Dusty Baker. “When you throw a 3-0 fastball at a boy’s head, you flirt at the end of his career.”
The Dodgers had a 5-2 lead after the fifth run on the fifth when Kelly, who was in Boston in 2017 and also faced Houston, who threw this posteason for Bregman on ball four. After jumping, Bregman grinned to avoid a collision, then stepped on the first base.
When Kelly threw herself on Correa’s head, she threw a stray ball out of it. Correa, who turned away and ended in three blows, folded his helmet and put Kelly down as he continued to bat.
Kelly fired Corre, then fired his tongue and face in his direction. Correa started walking toward him, and the players exchanged words urging the benches to clean up in the first such incident of this pandemic season. There has been a lot of shouting and pushing, both are banned because MLB is trying to play the season amid a pandemic, but there has been no pushing or punching thrown.
Baker said things really got out of hand because of something he said Kelly told Correa after the outbreak.
“What really infuriated everyone … is when he said, ‘Nice swing, bitch,’ Baker said, ‘then what do you do?’
Baker was asked if Astros had said anything that provoked Kelly.
“We didn’t say anything,” he said. “We won’t start anything.” But we don’t take anything. “
Kelly denied deliberately throwing at Astros. He asked him if another motivation left in Houston in the AL division series in 2017 on Tuesday.
“No. When I was with the Red Sox, we beat them in ’18,” he said, “it’s one of the things I presented in the competition.” If there are no fans, it’s easy to hear some things. [from the opposing dugout] … there ‘s something they apparently took. “
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wasn’t sure if Kelly’s free throws had become revenge for Houston’s fraud.
“I really don’t know to be honest,” he said. “I know he got behind Bregman 3-0 and lost fastball.” I really don’t think there was an intention behind that. I think these boys are a little offended. Even the one that was Correa was a breaking ball that had just backed up.
“Obviously, the expectation to go into series that things have been a little escalated maybe a little bit, I don’t know if it’s a premature word, but that’s something that happened.”
Houston was sentenced in January by the commissioners’ office for a system of stealing characters, which led to the dismissal of CEO Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch. However, many players in the league were dissatisfied that no player was disciplined for their role in cheating.