New York Yankees blast Red Sox, 10-7, amid hard-slugging brawl
- Author: Adam Floyd Apr 13, 2018,
Apr 13, 2018, 1:20
Heading into the Wednesday night's contest, the Yankees trailed the first place Red Sox by 4.5 games, and were looking to rebound following their terrible 14-1 loss on Tuesday - which is precisely what they did.
That pitch appeared to be in retaliation for Austin's hard slide in the third inning when his lead foot clipped the foot of Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt during a force out. Benches and bullpens cleared twice and blows were exchanged the second time as the ancient rivals played Wednesday at Fenway Park, just the second game between them this season. Austin, 26, and Holt, 29, eventually cooled off, and the game resumed. I thought the Yankees would take game one and they lost 14 - 1. "I had no clue where [the ball] was going". Aaron Judge found himself in the middle of it, ripping Kelly off Austin and then putting him in a headlock.
A 97.7-mph fastball from Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly hit Austin in the back of his left elbow, one pitch after Austin had watched another fastball whiz closely by him well off the inside corner. Austin slammed his bat into the ground and stormed the mound, prompting both benches to clear in the biggest brawl of the Major League Baseball season thus far. Kelly waved Austin at him, and things quickly escalated.
The Austin-Kelly fight follows some of the more infamous brawls in the storied rivalry from Alex Rodriguez and Jason Varitek to Don Zimmer and Pedro Martinez to Lou Pinella and Carlton Fisk.More news: Vatican arrests former diplomat after child pornography probe
Strong words from the Yankees' new skipper.
Austin, Kelly and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin were ejected.
By the way, the Yankees won, 10-7, to improve to 6-6, while the Red Sox dropped to 9-2. "I mean, not just those two, they have a pretty big team over there". Holt said he doesn't believe the Yankees will throw at him, hinting that if it does happen, NY will probably seek out one of Boston's middle-of-the-order bats.