The benches cleared twice last night at Fenway Park as the Yankees and Red Sox reignited their rivalry by way a brawl that took place in the seventh inning, following a scuffle that took place earlier in the game.
It all started in the bottom the third inning, when Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin was a runner on first base. Following a bunt by Tyler Wade, Austin raced to second and slid into Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt, who took exception to the slide. Both Austin and Holt got into a heated verbal exchange, prompting both benches, including the bullpens, to converge at second base.
The situation was diffused without any ejections or punches thrown, but that didn’t last long. Four innings after the incident at second base, Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly threw a 97-mph fastball into Austin’s ribs which sparked a benches clearing brawl. Unlike Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo, Kelly was ready to fight when Austin charged the mound.
During the melee, Austin connected with a punch to the side the head Red Sox third-base coach Carlos Febles, while Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wrapped up Kelly in a headlock.
The Yanks went on to win 10-7, setting up a rubber match in the series finale tonight at 7:10pm ET.