File this one under things that you were certain would happen at some point this year. In the wake of a massive cheating scandal, tensions boiled over in the game tonight between the Astros and Dodgers.
After the Dodgers’ Joe Kelly threw behind Alex Bregman in the 6th inning, things got wild in Houston. Michael Brantley stepped on Kelly’s foot when he was covering the bag at first, and words were exchanged. Things settled down and eventually, Carlos Correa came to the plate.
That’s where things started to head south. Correa got a few balls thrown in on his hands that he appeared to take exception to. Kelly eventually struck him out to end the threat, and the two had plenty to say to one another. Kelly appeared to be mocking Correa with crying faces on his way to the Dodgers dugout after Correa seemed less than happy about the way Kelly was pitching.
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Both dugouts started to pour out onto the field, though players sort of kept their distance. Under the new guidelines from MLB, players are not allowed to engage while on the field. It was interesting to see players barking at each other with coaches and umpires acting as gatekeepers.
While it did not result in anything more than some harsh words, things are still developing in Houston. Both the Dodgers and Astros were issued warnings in the wake of the incident. Stay tuned as the two sides keep things very interesting.