Tempers flared at Camden Yards in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s contest between the Royals and the Orioles.
With one out in the fifth inning, Orioles shortstop Manny Machado stepped into the batter’s box for the third time in the game. In the first pitch of the at-bat, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura threw a 99-mph fastball that looked to hit Machado in the elbow area. Machado retaliated, and went after Ventura. The two ended up on the ground after a scuffle, and the benches were cleared as both teams rushed to break up the fight.
From looking at the video, it looks like Machado punched Ventura in the face at least once. It is hard to tell what happened after the initial punch, but both players were ejected after the altercation.
In Machado’s previous at-bat in the second inning, Ventura threw two pitches inside to Baltimore’s third basemen before he flied out to left field. As Machado made his way out of the batter’s box, he appeared to exchange words with Ventura.
This mark’s Ventura’s third career ejection. His three ejections since the start of 2015 are the most for a pitcher in that time period. As for Machado, this is his fourth career ejection.
In 2014, Machado was suspended five games for throwing his bat at then-A’s third basemen Josh Donaldson:
Last year, Ventura was suspended seven games after getting in an altercation with Adam Eaton of the White Sox that resulted in a bench-clearing brawl:
Now, Major League Baseball will decide what punishments will be handed to Machado and Ventura.
On May 15, an altercation took place between Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays and Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers that resulted in Odor punching Bautista in the face. Odor was suspended eight games, and Bautista was suspended for one.
Considering that Ventura has been in multiple scuffles like this before, perhaps he will receive a harsher punishment than seven games. However, last month’s incident between Odor and Bautista resulted in the “puncher” getting a much heftier suspension than the “punchee,” so it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming days.
The Orioles won Tuesday night’s game, 9-1.