After the Red Sox closed the gap in the fifth, the Yankees distanced their lead in the sixth on an RBI single from Stanton and another sacrifice fly from Gregorius. Now let's get back to festivities that had the ballpark buzzing. The two teams don't play again until early May, when Boston travels to NY for a three-game series beginning on May 8th. "That's what they got". Austin cut Holt's calf with his spikes on that slide, according to MassLive. Players from both dugouts and bullpens raced out to second base, where the yelling intensified momentarily. I don't think I'll be the person they go after.
One side says it was a good, clean slide meant to break up the chance for a double play.
SaidAustin: "I thought there was absolutely nothing wrong with that slide".
"Nothing remotely dirty about it", Boone said. "But sometimes stuff shouldn't happen and there was no reason for fisticuffs to have to happen based on that slide at second base".
But they did. After the teams ultimately ended up separating from the third-inning jawing session, game action resumed.
"The only thing I would had done different than Joe Kelly tonight", Martinez, now an analyst for MLB Network, wrote on Twitter, "is I would've hit Tyler Austin at his previous at bat".
Vazquez didn't corral Austin before the Yankees designated hitter charged Kelly. "No one likes getting hit with a 98-mph fastball, so everybody was pretty upset about it". The benches cleared then as well, but mostly yelling ensued.
"I was ready to defend myself", Kelly said. Kelly repeatedly punched Austin, leaving the latter with a swollen lip. Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames used both hands to shove Austin all the way across the infield toward the NY dugout. His lead foot made contact with Holt's leg. Tempers flare and guys get after it. Austin and Kelly were both ejected for their respective roles in the fracas, and the bad blood has ample opportunity to spill over against with 17 games remaining this season between the two clubs. Kelly was replaced by pitcher Brian Johnson, and Shane Robinson replaced Austin.
"If you look at the game we were trying to go in earlier with (Heath) Hembree inside with (Austin)".
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