Phillies, Expos Clear the Benches in Brawl
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A bench-clearing brawl in the fifth inning of the Montreal-Philadelphia game led to the ejection of four players and Phillies manager Jim Fregosi on Tuesday night.
Montreal pitcher Pedro Martinez and infielder Tim Spehr were tossed, along with Phillies pitchers Mike Williams and Curt Schilling.
The brawl had its origin in the third inning, when Martinez hit Phillies outfielder Gregg Jefferies on the right elbow with a pitch. Jefferies left the game the next inning.
When Martinez came to bat in the fifth, Williams’ first pitch was low and very inside. Home plate umpire Frank Pulli warned both benches, but on the next pitch, Williams threw a ball behind Martinez.
Martinez then charged the mound, helmet in hand, as both teams left their benches and the members of the bullpens ran in from the outfield.
Martinez swung the helmet at Williams’ head, but missed, and the two players tumbled to the ground. Other bodies fell onto the pile, but there appeared to be no injuries.
Martinez and the Expos were ahead 2-0 at the time of the incident.
Pulli started the game as the second-base umpire, but moved behind the plate in the fourth when Greg Bonin took a foul tip off his collarbone and had to leave the game.