Saturday, August 6, 2011
Bruce Bochy waiting for brawl discipline
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy says he expects to hear soon from Major League Baseball what the ramifications of his team's bench-clearing brawl with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night will be.
Reliever Ramon Ramirez and catcher Eli Whiteside were both ejected for San Francisco along with Philadelphia center fielder Shane Victorino.
"My guess is Monday," Bochy said Saturday. "They'll look at the video and we'll get word on what they think they need to do."
Tempers flared in the sixth inning when Ramirez hit Victorino in the lower back with a pitch, moments after the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins stole second with a six-run lead. Victorino began walking toward the mound and Whiteside, the catcher, stepped in front of him and began jumping up and down. Placido Polanco raced in from second base and was tackled by Whiteside.
Bochy defended Whiteside's actions while talking with reporters before Saturday's game between the two NL division leaders.
"If you know (Whiteside) you know he's not a fighter," Bochy said. "But he's going to protect his pitcher. He saw a player coming in from the side and went at his feet. It wasn't like they were throwing punches or anything."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel did not talk before the game, his custom for day games.
Ramirez also declined to talk when approached before the game.
Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff told reporters he was kneed in the head while in the middle of the scrum. Rollins shoved San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus as they exchanged words.
Victorino pushed plate umpire Mike Muchlinski trying to get back into the fray, then was held back by Wotus and Phillies hitting coach Greg Gross.
A day after, both sides appeared to come out of the incident injury free.
"Nobody got hurt on either side, which is good news," Bochy said. "It was more pushing and shoving than anything else. I thought overall it was very clean."
Victorino and the rest of the Phillies were booed loudly during pregame introductions by the crowd at AT&T Park.
The intensity during this four-game series between the two teams isn't surprising. The Giants beat the Phillies in the NLCS last year on the way to their first World Series championship since 1954, then took two of three games in Philadelphia in late July.