Jesse Winker got drilled in the hip by the first pitch he saw and decided to do something about it.
After getting hit by a 91 mph fastball from Andrew Wantz to start the top of the second inning, the Mariners outfielder immediately voiced his displeasure with the pitcher before jawing with and walking toward the Angels dugout despite an umpire trying to hold him back.
Winker would not be denied, sparking a benches-clearing brawl between the two clubs in Anaheim on Saturday.
Wantz appeared to try to hit Mariners star Julio Rodriguez in the first inning with an up-and-in fastball that sailed just behind his left shoulder – causing both benches to be warned. It was potentially in retaliation to a fastball up and in to Mike Trout by the Angels’ Erik Swanson on Saturday.
Whatever it was set Winker off. He broke free from the umpire and was met by a swarm of Angels players and punches began being thrown on both sides as his Mariners teammates raced to his aid. The bullpens began to empty and players needed to be pulled off of one another from the ground.
Winker was then shown having a heated discussion with Angels manager Phil Nevin when something sparked the players to briefly get into further tugging and shoving. Wantz was replaced by Jose Suarez.
The fact punches were thrown could lead to suspensions for players on both teams. Six players and both managers were ejected. Winker, Rodriguez, J.P. Crawford and manager Scott Servais were tossed for Seattle. Wantz, Ryan Tepera, Raisel Iglesias and Nevin were ejected on the Angels side.
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