The reliever Joe Kelly took its toll on the scandals of the Astros and took compliments on social networks.
In a game that caused expectations, the benches were emptied during the victory of the Los Angeles 5-2 over Houston In the first duel between the teams since it was revealed that the ninth Texan stole signals heading to conquer the World Series in 2017 defeating the Californian team.
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The fights between the two ninths came after Kelly made high, narrow throws to Astros stars Alex Bregman and Puerto Rican Carlos Correa in the sixth inning.
Only the Astros could make me not think Joe Kelly is a bitch. Might start to like this guy. pic.twitter.com/DS7Tk4V7fm
– Steve Angelovich (@ angelsteve89) July 29, 2020
The Dodgers were 5-2 after a fifth episode of five runs when Kelly, who was with the Boston Red Sox in 2017 and also faced the Astros in that postseason, pitched Bregman for the fourth ball.
Bregman grimaced after jumping to avoid being hit, then jogged to first base. There were two outs in the inning when Kelly tossed an erratic ball over Correa’s head, who took off his batting helmet and looked at Kelly before continuing his at-bat.
Kelly struck out Correa, then stuck his tongue out and grimaced in his direction. Correa began walking towards him and the players exchanged words, causing the benches to clear in the first incident of this season delayed by the pandemic.
There was a lot of shouting and illegal stacking as Major League Baseballs try to play a 60-game season in the midst of the pandemic, but there was no pushing or hitting.
Order was restored in about two minutes and there were no expulsions, but Houston manager Dusty Baker was still upset before play resumed and he faced a referee.
The Astros were sanctioned by the majors in January for the signal theft scheme, which led to the firing of general manager Jeff Luhnow and driver AJ Hinch. But many league players were not happy that no player was disciplined for their role in the deception.
The Dodgers had harsh words for the Astros during spring training, but Los Angeles driver Dave Roberts said before the game that he did not believe his team would retaliate.
The victory to got the relief Brusdar Graterol (1-1) in one episode.