Now for the repercussions. Fines and suspensions to come. Including to the Yankees’ hottest hitter right now, Gary Sanchez.
The Yanks lost a brushback, beanball, brawl-filled game yesterday afternoon, 10-6. The game featured eight ejections. For the Yanks, manager Girardi, bench coach Thomson, pitchers Kahnle and Betances and catcher Romine. Had he been caught (umpires were looking at the main brawl and not a side brawl that was going on), Gary Sanchez could have been tossed too. That would have been interesting, who would have caught the rest of the game? For the Tigers, their manager, Brad Ausmus, was tossed, as well as Miguel Cabrera and Alex Wilson. Not only that, but two Tigers’ teammates bickered in the dugout. Justin Verlander (Kate Upton’s boyfriend) didn’t like Victor Martinez being too nice to Sanchez in trying to play peacemaker.
It’s a good thing these teams are done for the season. They won’t play each other until spring training 2018 (the Tigers are way out of contention), and we’ll see what happens then.
The seeds of this were sown on July 31. Tommy Kahnle unintentionally hit (from MLB.com) Mikie Mahtook off his helmet. The next inning, Michael Fulmer hit Jacoby Ellsbury, prompting warnings to both benches. No further incidents happened the remainder of that series.
But apparently bad blood carried over, and that fire was stoked by Gary Sanchez kicking butt in this series and by the Yanks winning the first two games of the series handily.
Jaime Garcia, so far a disappointment for the Yanks (0-1, 5.95) started the game and gave up a first inning HR to Justin Upton.
The Yanks got it back in the second on an RBI single by Chase Headley.
Sanchez hit his fourth HR of the three-game series to put the Yanks up 2-1 in the fourth. The Tigers tied it in the bottom of the fourth, 2-2.
In the fifth, after Hicks got a SF to put the Yanks up 3-2, Sanchez got HBP, and the fireworks started. From mlb. com : Sanchez was clearly displeased as he slowly made his way to first base, while Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand and manager Brad Ausmus made their way to the mound to check on Fulmer, who returned from the disabled list last week following a bout of ulnar neuritis that left him struggling to get feeling on his pitches. He was shaking his hand as Sanchez went to first base.
Sanchez and the Yanks thought the HBP was intentional. Maybe it wasn’t, but after the HR and Sanchez’ series in Detroit, it sure didn’t look good…
The Tigers responded with four in the bottom of the fifth to go up 6-3.
With two out in the bottom of the sixth, Tommy Kahnle threw one behind Miguel Cabrera’s back. He and manager Girardi were ejected. After that was taken care of, Cabrera had words for catcher Austin Romine, words were sent back and the two of them got into a fight and both were ejected.
The Yanks tied it in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Gardner, SF by Hicks and RBI single by Sanchez.
But in the bottom of the seventh, Dellin Betances hit the first batter he faced and was ejected along with bench coach/now manager Thomson. David Robertson came in and hit a batter, but with it being an 0-2 pitch, no intent was discerned and Robertson was NOT ejected. But the Tigers went on to score three in the inning for a 9-6 lead.
To the eighth, when Todd Frazier gets hit by a pitch, causing Alex Wilson and his manager, Brad Ausmus, to get tossed.
The Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the eighth for the final of 10-6.
The commissioner’s office will have their work cut out for them with fines and suspensions after this one.
And the way Sanchez has been going lately, the Yanks will miss him. The Yanks’ record for HR in a season by a catcher is 30 (Yogi & Posada). Sanchez has 23 as a catcher, 3 at DH and 1 as a 1B. All of Yogi’s and Posada’s were as a catcher.
Gardner 4 hits, RBI.
Hicks 2 RBI
Sanchez 2 hits, HR (27), 2 RBI.
Garcia 4 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. Very disappointing so far. 4.52
Warren 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.33. Rare off game for him this year.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.04. Ejected.
Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.10.
Betances (L, 3-5, 2.30) 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Faced one batter, HBP, ejected.
Robertson 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K, 1 HBP. 2.50
Smith 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.75 Gave up 1 HR.
No reports until late Sunday night/monday morning. I am leaving town this afternoon (Friday) and won’t return until Sunday afternoon.