The Seattle Mariners’ 7-4 win over the Houston Astros on Monday was not without excitement. In the ninth inning. Astros reliever Hector Neris drew the ire of the Mariners when he hit Seattle infielder Ty France in the back. The Mariners’ bench emptied, with the team confronting Neris.
Later in the inning, Neris hurled a pitch behind Mariners third baseman Eugenio Suarez’ head, resulting in his ejection from the game. Astros manager Dusty Baker was also ejected from the contest. On Tuesday, Baker and Neris were hit with suspensions for their roles in the fracas, per ESPN.
Houston Astros reliever Hector Neris was issued a four-game suspension Tuesday for intentionally throwing behind Seattle Mariners third baseman Eugenio Suarez’s head Monday after both teams had been warned following a benches-clearing skirmish.
Astros manager Dusty Baker was suspended one game by Major League Baseball for Neris’ actions, and both were fined an undisclosed amount.
The MLB hit Neris with a four-game suspension, while Baker received a game. Both members of the Astros were fined. On the Mariners’ side, manager Scott Servais was fined for his actions.
Baker had downplayed any intent on the part of Neris and the Astros in the kerfuffle with the Mariners. However, it’s clear that the league saw things a bit differently.
All eyes will be on this series, with games on Tuesday and Wednesday, for any more fireworks.