Benches Clear in Tampa Bay
Tempers flared, and the benches cleared between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman threw a 101-mile-per-hour fastball near the head of Michael Brosseau, which prompted both teams out of their dugouts.
Chapman went on to record his first save of the season on Tuesday night, and the Yankees snapped a six-game losing streak to the Rays. New York still trails the Rays by 3.5 games in the American League East.
The pitch that sparked the scuffle occurred with two outs in the ninth inning. Umpires met before issuing official warnings to each team. Chapman was allowed to stay in the game.
After striking out to end the game, Brosseau started walking towards the Yankees dugout and began exchanging words with the visiting team. Umpires quickly stepped in, and both teams made their way to their clubhouses.
These two teams have built up an intense rivalry this season, and things began to heat up in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game. Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka hit Joey Wendle with a pitch in the first inning, and that immediately upset the Rays, especially manager Kevin Cash.
Cash and Yankees manager Aaron Boone exchanged comments during the postgame press conference, and it doesn’t appear that this situation is over. The two teams will wrap up their season series on Wednesday night, but they could square off in the MLB Playoffs.
Major League Baseball has strict rules against leaving the dugout this season to maintain proper social distancing. It’s unclear if Chapman will face discipline from the league for his actions.
Giants Make History on Tuesday Night
The San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies by a score of 23-5 and set some impressive records in the process. Alex Dickerson led the way for the Giants, homering three times and tying his career-high with six RBI.
Donovan Solano and Brandon Crawford also drove in six runs for the Giants, and the team pounded out 27 hits in the victory. The 27 hits are the most hits in one game by a National League team in more than 20 seasons.
The Rockies came into the National League in 1993, and there have been just three instances where a team has collected 27 hits in a game since that time. All three of those times have been in games that have been played at Coors Field.
San Francisco hit .561 as a team in the win on Tuesday, their best batting average since the 1961 season. The Giants scored in every inning except for the ninth, and they continue to be one of the hottest teams in baseball.
Back to Dickerson, as he had a performance that will be talked about for decades, and he put himself in with some elite company. Dickerson racked up 16 total bases with three home runs and two doubles, which tied the franchise mark set by Willie Mays.