In a fierce rivalry, bench clearing cannot be left out. The first bench clearing of this series occurred.
This is a collision that occurred in game 5 of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on the 21st (Korean time).스포츠토토
Texas offense in the bottom of the 8th inning, Adolis Garcia came to bat, and pitcher Bobby Abreu threw a 98.9 mph four-seam fastball toward the batter. The ball hit Garcia’s left arm.
Garcia immediately became enraged and lunged at catcher Martin Maldonado. Bench clearing occurred naturally.
Referee Marvin Hudson managed to stop him and no physical conflict occurred, but Garcia looked quite angry. Garcia also showed his anger towards the opposing pitcher.
Houston batter Yordan Alvarez and first base coach Corey Ragsdale of the same team barely separated him.
Garcia hit a come-from-behind three-run home run in his previous at-bat in the sixth inning. Since it was a dramatic comeback home run, he threw down the bat and expressed his emotions freely.
And in the very next at-bat, he was hit by the first pitch. Naturally, this is a situation where one cannot help but suspect intentionality.
The judges’ thoughts were not much different. The sixth umpire gathered and discussed for a while before ordering pitcher Abreu to leave. It was acknowledged that the sand dunes were intentional.
Houston manager Dusty Baker stormed out of the dugout and protested violently, but nothing changed. Coach Baker was also ejected.
Baker did not leave his seat for a while and openly expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision.
Garcia, who ran into the catcher and started a fight, also could not avoid being ejected. Travis Jankowski served as a pinch runner.
Both teams have experience in clearing the bench several times during the past regular season. Rivalries as hot as the heat in Texas are burning in fall baseball.