Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ejectionless Bench-Clearer in Giants v Padres Tilt

The benches cleared during the Giants-Padres game at Petco Park Tuesday night, leaving no ejections but plenty of hurt feelings in San Francisco's 9-0 blowout victory. Broadcasters at the time speculated a beanball might be brewing as retaliation for an earlier hit-by-pitch.

Gibson instructs Kelley to knock off the nonsense.
After Giants batter Hector Sanchez grounded out to lead off the top of the 9th inning, San Diego reliever Shawn Kelley and Sanchez exchanged words, resulting in a drawn out argument and intervention from all four umpires as crew chief Greg Gibson ordered the Giants to remain on their side of the third base foul line and the Padres not to advance any further.

Unfortunately for Gibson, a surprise surge by both bullpens from the rear in center field allowed several Giants to position themselves offsides before the crew of HP Umpire Chad Fairchild, 1B Umpire Sam Holbrook, 2B Umpire Gibson and 3B Umpire Clint Fagan restored order so that the Giants could finally put the Padres out of their misery, but not before scoring three runs to make the game somewhat respectable.

Video: Giants and Padres do the bench-clearing dance during a laugher at Petco (SD)


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