BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Manny Machado was ejected after a brawl in the fifth inning, the bats of Baltimore continue to demolish opposing pitching, and the Orioles defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-1 on Tuesday night.
In the fifth inning, Yordano Ventura hit Manny Machado with a pitch that caused the Orioles shortstop to charge the mound in retaliation. Machado landed a punch and drove Ventura’s head into the dirt before both teams made their way onto the field to break up the fight. Both players were ejected and suspensions on both sides would surprise no one.READ MORE: Maryland Sees Uptick In COVID-19 Cases Among People Under 19
Ventura’s seemingly intentional pitch may have been due to an earlier confrontation between the two players in the second inning. After an at-bat by Machado that featured a few pitches thrown inside, both players could be seen yelling at each other before going their separate ways.
It would appear to be a poor time to throw a pitch like that at Machado after Baltimore held an early advantage. It was a 5-1 Baltimore lead in the bottom of the fifth after a double by both Machado and Mark Trumbo coupled with a single from Jonathan Schoop made it 4-0 early in the first inning. A homer by Ryan Flaherty in the second would make it 5-0 before Ubaldo Jimenez got himself in a jam with the bases loaded. A walk by Reymond Fuentes drove in a run in the top of the 4th to give Kansas City its one and only score of the night.READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Ask Public For Help Finding Missing Teen
Following the brawl, many figured the Orioles would retaliate with a pitch of their own. But instead, Baltimore just hit them where it hurt — the scoreboard.
In the same inning as the brawl, Mark Trumbo hit a two-run shot to deep center. Chris Davis followed up with a home run of his own to increase the lead to 8-1. It was the tenth time the O’s have had back-to-back home runs this season.
In the 6th inning, Adam Jones delivered a bomb of his own to left to make the lead insurmountable at 9-1.MORE NEWS: Fallout After Baltimore County Police Union Votes "No Confidence" In Chief Melissa Hyatt
On Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles look to continue their win streak as Chris Tillman (7-1 3.33 ERA) goes up against Edinson Volquez (5-5 4.03 ERA).