Major League Baseball had its first socially distanced bench-clearing brawl of the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday night, as the archrival Dodgers and Astros squared off for the first time since the infamous exposure of the Astros’ cheating scandal.
Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly and Astros shortstop Carlos Correa exchanged words after Kelly struck out Correa with two runners on to end the bottom of the sixth inning. A few pitches before, Kelly had sailed a ball directly over Correa’s head.
Both benches emptied as chatter began to build up from both dugouts, until the umpires effectively formed a barrier between both teams, as the ‘brawl’ entailed both teams barking at each other from a safe distance away.
Earlier in the inning Kelly fired a 96 mph fastball at the head of Astros third baseman Alex Bregman on a 3-0 count, narrowly missing the top of his helmet.
Kelly was not a member of the Dodgers during their crushing seven-game World Series loss to the scandalous 2017 Astros, but was a member of a 2017 Boston Red Sox team who lost in four games to Houston in the American League Division Series.