Benches cleared and even the stands emptied throughout Oakland’s 7-2 victory over the Astros on Sunday, tempers flaring ultimately between the AL West rivals months after Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was delivered to mild by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers.
The Athletics’ ninth straight win was far overshadowed by what erupted within the seventh inning on the Coliseum.
Oakland’s Ramon Laureano received hit by a pitch – for the third time within the three-game collection – this one by Humberto Castellanos with one out within the seventh. Laureano started exchanging phrases with animated Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron, then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and commenced sprinting towards him.
Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano earlier than the A’s outfielder reached Cintron, and a wild scene ensued.
Gamers rushed out of each dugouts to hitch the fray. A’s and Astros gamers who had been sitting within the seats, observing Covid-19 social-distancing protocols, additionally rushed onto the sphere.
Laureano was ejected by plate ump Ted Barrett, and the umpiring crew might simply be heard yelling on the gamers to “get again to the dugout!” by way of a ballpark with no followers.
Oakland batters had been hit 5 instances through the collection, no Houston hitters had been plunked.
A’s catcher Austin Allen was additionally ejected and Astros supervisor Dusty Baker was tossed a half inning earlier. Houston misplaced their fifth in a row total.
The commissioner’s workplace has mentioned that arguments and bench-clearing altercations shall be extra harshly penalized in an effort to curtail pointless bodily contact as a lot as potential.
Ex-Astros participant Fiers didn’t pitch this collection. He went public to the Athletic in November about Houston’s detailed sign-stealing rip-off. The Astros have received the previous three division crowns, a World Sequence in 2017 and AL pennant final 12 months. The A’s received 97 every in 2018 and ’19 solely to lose the AL wild card sport.
Matt Olson hit a three-run homer within the third and Matt Chapman related the very subsequent pitch, taking the rating from 1-Zero to 5-Zero on consecutive choices from Astros starter Cristian Javier (1-1).
Robbie Grossman additionally homered and Mark Canha contributed an RBI single.
The A’s (12-4) matched the 2013 membership for the most effective file after 16 video games over the past 30 years.
A’s rookie left-hander Jesus Luzardo (1-0) earned his first main league win in his second profession begin. His day was executed after permitting back-to-back two-out walks within the sixth.
The 22-year-old Luzardo outdid the 23-year-old Javier in a matchup of two prime pitching prospects.