The Angels and Mariners got into an all-out brawl with both benches emphatically clearing on Sunday with a Jesse Winker HBP serving as the breaking point.
It might not have been all that hot in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, but the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels were clearly heated as they faced off to end the series between the AL West clubs.
At the top of the second inning, LA pitcher Andrew Wantz threw inside and drilled Seattle outfielder Jesse Winker. And that’s when chaos absolutely erupted.
Winker clearly took more than a bit of an exception to the pitch and the result was he and Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon swinging on one another. There were also punches thrown by Mariners infielder J.P. Crawford and others on both teams as the benches cleared and it took a few minutes to clear the wild scene.
Angels, Mariners brawl as benches clear in Los Angeles
As mentioned, Sunday’s chaos was precluded by two key events, one from the exact same game and one from Saturday night’s contest. Wantz had thrown near Julio Rodriguez’s head in the first inning on Sunday, which clearly got Winker and the Mariners on alert. However, the inside pitches from the Angels could’ve been retaliation for throwing up and in on Mike Trout on Saturday.
Regardless, it was a crazy moment in Sunday’s MLB action, one that was further punctuated by what happened after the benches were re-occupied by both teams with Winker telling the LA and their fans what he thought of them with a pair of hand gestures.
Expect to hear more about this scene from the league offices in the coming days.