Two days of inside pitches led to a full-team brawl between the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels in the second inning of Sunday’s game, as per reports.
An altercation that started and stopped twice before Angels closer Raisel Iglesias returned to the empty field to toss large containers of sunflower seeds and gum onto the infield led to the ejection of six players, including Seattle manager Scott Servais and Los Angeles interim manager Phil Nevin.
Wantz, the Angels’ starting pitcher, hit the Mariners’ Winker with the first pitch of the second inning after throwing a pitch behind Rodriguez’s head earlier in the inning.
Initially, it seemed like the first pitch to Rodriguez was a response to Erik Swanson’s 95mph fastball near Mike Trout’s head in the ninth inning on Saturday night. Both teams were warned by officials following the pitching of Willie Wantz, but they were not penalized in any way.
As Servais put it, “That probably shouldn’t happen in the game.” When asked about his first start, Wantz replied, “I was extremely hyped up, and the first one just got away from me.” Angering the Angels’ dugout with yelling and gesturing after he was struck by a pitch led to a flurry of charges between the two teams.
Winker made obscene hand gestures towards the jeering Angels fans behind Seattle’s dugout as he eventually exited the field. As Winker put it, “the only thing I’m going to apologise for is turning off the fans.” After the game ended and the players went back to their dugouts, Iglesias came to the field to hurl sunflower seeds and gum at the umpires while yelling and screaming angrily at them.
Wantz was not immediately ejected, as both Servais and Seattle starter Marco Gonzales believed. A man was struck by a vehicle today. There were no further incidents as the Angels avoided getting swept at home after winning four out of five games in Seattle last week by defeating the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Sunday night.
Things like this happen when you play eight games in a week against the same team, said Nevin following Los Angeles’ eighth game in 11 days versus Seattle.