Angels and Sailors engage in savage brawl after tensions boil over 2 days of inland grounds;  8 ejected

Angels and Sailors engage in savage brawl after tensions boil over 2 days of inland grounds; 8 ejected

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels and Mariners got into a long full-team fight in the second inning on Sunday after tensions boiled over for two days of inside pitching.

Seattle manager Scott Servais, interim Halos manager Phil Nevin and six players were sent off after the hubbub, which stopped and started twice before Angels closer Raisel Iglesias returned to the field empty to throw large containers of sunflower seeds and gum on the infield.

Seattle lost three of its first four hitters: Jesse Winker, Julio Rodriguez and JP Crawford. Angels Iglesias pitchers Andrew Wantz and Ryan Tepera were also thrown out.

The Mariners’ Winker was hit on the first pitch of the second inning by the Angels opener Wantz, who had also thrown a pitch behind Rodriguez’s head in the first inning.

The first pitch to Rodriguez appeared to be a response to Erik Swanson’s 95 mph fastball near Mike Trout’s head in the ninth inning on Saturday night, a pitch that infuriated the three-time American League MVP. Referees convened after Wantz’s throw but only issued warnings to the two dugouts.

“It probably shouldn’t happen in the game, which happened today,” Servais said. “Emotions were running high, but it was pretty clear what was going on. They changed, put an opener in there to throw balls at us. He got out of control from there and kind of a black eye.”

Wantz insisted it was not retaliation.

“I was pretty excited for my first start, and the first one just got away from me,” Wantz said. “It was sweaty. I was sweating. The first day game I was in (in the majors), and that’s it. The second to Winker was a cut inside fastball, and (I ) just shot her. That’s all I have to say.”

Winker reacted after being hit by yelling angrily and gesturing towards the Angels dugout, and the sides loaded up moments later, benches and relievers emptying. The fight lasted about four minutes, with people from both teams appearing to throw multiple punches.

Wounded Angels star Anthony Rendon threw an open left hand in Winker’s face during the fight, which is notable because his right hand is in a cast. The Halos’ $245 million third baseman is already out for the year for the second straight season.

When Winker finally left the field, he made obscene gestures with both hands to mocking Angels fans behind the Seattle dugout.

“The only thing I’m going to apologize for is scaring the fans away,” Winker said. “That’s it. As fans, they spend their hard-earned money to come see us play a game, and they didn’t deserve that, so I apologize to the fans, especially women and children. “

After the teams returned to their dugouts, Iglesias returned moments later to toss the sunflower seeds and gum while shouting furiously at the referees, infuriated by his ejection.

Servais and Seattle starter Marco Gonzales both felt the referees erred in not ejecting Wantz immediately.

“I’m not aware of the incident with Trout last night,” team manager Adrian Johnson told a poolside reporter. “You talk about the pitch that went over his head. It was nothing for us to issue any warnings today. What happened today was one guy has been hit. We had warnings.”

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