Two players, as well as a coach, were ejected from Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers. A bench-clearing brawl erupted early in the baseball game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
The fight was sparked by a Carlos Gomez triple in the top of the third inning. With two outs and nobody on in a scoreless game, the Brewers outfielder launched a ball off the centerfield wall. The speedy Gomez had to slide into third base, after flipping his bat and jogging towards first base.
Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole took exception to Gomez’s actions. He approached the opposing player, letting his feelings be known.
"If you're going to hit it out of the ballpark, then you can stop and look at it,” Cole said he told Gomez. “But it you're going to hit just a fly ball to center field, then don't stand and look at it."
The two were separated by the umpires and other players, as the benches began to clear. Cole walked away, but Gomez kept jawing. Things soon became physical between him and Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider. Punches were thrown, and Milwaukee’s Martin Maldonado also got involved.
"Everything had stopped," Gomez said. "He (Cole) told me something, I told him back, then I talked to the umpire. Then Snider came like a superhero, trying to throw punches at everybody. I just tried to protect myself."
Gomez, Snider and Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron all received ejections. Fines and suspensions will likely follow.
After the game, Gomez said he wouldn’t apologize for his actions. Pirates catcher Russell Martin was not in the game, but had to be restrained from reigniting the fight. He later called Maldonado’s punch a “sucker punch.”
Milwaukee went on to win the contest in 14 innings, 3-2. The Brewers improved their record to 14-5, which is the best mark in the MLB. They have a six-game lead on the Pirates in the Central Division, who sit in fourth place.
Below is a video of the brawl.