Benches are clear in first Astros-Dodgers game since scandal


HOUSTON – The benches were knocked out on Tuesday night in the first game between the Astros and the Dodgers since it was revealed Houston had stolen signs en route to a 2017 World Series championship at Los Angeles’ expense.

The crash came after Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly threw high, tight throws at Astros stars Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa in the sixth inning.

The Dodgers were leading 5-2 after a five-point fifth when Kelly, who was with Boston in 2017 and also faced Houston this season after, threw behind Bregman for the fourth ball. Bregman grimaced after jumping to avoid being hit, then trotted to first base.

There were two strikeouts in the inning when Kelly threw a wandering brittle ball over Correa’s head. Correa took off his batting helmet and looked down at Kelly before continuing to bat.

Kelly punched Correa, then stuck her tongue out and made a face in her direction. Correa started walking towards him and the players exchanged words, prompting the benches to free themselves. There was a lot of shouting and crowd _ outlawed as MLB tries to play a 60-game season amid a pandemic _ but there was no push or punch.

Order was restored after a few minutes, but Houston manager Dusty Baker was still upset before play resumed and ran into a referee.

Houston was sanctioned by the Board of Commissioners in January for the sign-stealing scheme, which led to the dismissals of general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch.

The Dodgers had harsh words for the Astros in spring training, but Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said ahead of the game he didn’t think his team would hit back.


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