Mariners-Astros benches-clearing incident discipline announced

A total of six players and coaches were fined for the incident.

SEATTLES — Editor’s Note: The above video of the Mariners promoting anti-gun violence messages originally aired May 29, 2022.

Houston Astros pitcher Hector Neris was suspended for four games for his role in cleaning up the benches Monday night during a loss to the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

Neris was ejected after being thrown near the head of Mariners infielder Eugenio Suarez following the incident.

The incident began after Ty France was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning. The benches were warned after France were hit, bringing nearly every player in uniform onto the field for a mostly verbal spit.

Astros manager Dusty Baker was handed a one-game rule suspension after his pitcher was ejected following a bench warning. Both Neris and Baker, who each received undisclosed fines, have an opportunity to appeal the suspensions, which begin Tuesday night’s game against the Mariners.

Aside from a fine for manager Scott Servais, who was also sacked after the incident, no Seattle players or coaches were disciplined for the incident. Three Astros coaches — Joe Espada, Omar Lopez and Troy Snitker — have been fined for an undisclosed amount.

Servais was confused as to why he was ejected after the win.

“Cleared the benches and [the umpires] will intervene and do something, and they did,” Servais said.

After the sides returned to their dugouts, budding Mariners star Julio Rodriguez was the next hitter. He had quite a fiery reaction to the scuffle with a 360-foot home run that extended Seattle’s lead to 7-4.

The first pitch in Houston is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. with Chris Flexen taking the mound for the Mariners against former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. Mariners-Astros benches-clearing incident discipline announced

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