A game that had been chippy got ugly in the ninth inning as the Canada-Mexico game was delayed by a benches-clearing brawl. And unlike most baseball brawls that involve just a little pushing and shoving, this one degenerated into several significant fights.
There had been several physical plays through the course of the game. Chris Robinson went out of his way to upend second baseman Ramiro Pena on a double play ball in the first. Karim Garcia repaid the favor by trucking Robinson in a play at the plate in the fourth, although it was Garcia who left the game.
None of that seemed to really matter until the ninth. Robinson, part of the first two incidents, laid down a bunt for a single to start the inning. With the game already largely decided (it was 9-3) Mexico took offense, although with the run differential tiebreakers, it’s fair to argue that each and every run can be important.
Mexico pitcher Arnold Leon didn’t really want to hear anything about run differential. He buzzed Rene Tosoni, drawing a warning from the umpire to both benches, then plunked Tosoni with the next pitch. At that point, both benches cleared and things quickly got ugly.
The two teams met in the infield for a scuffle that saw punches land. Several satellite fights quickly developed on the periphery with Alfredo Aceves and Tyson Gillies tumbling to the ground in one brawl. Canada’s Jimmy Henderson landed at least one big blow while on top of Mexico’s Eduardo Arredondo.
Once things were finally settling down and both teams were heading to their dugouts a fan threw what appeared to be a water bottle that hit a Canada player in the chest. Canada shortstop Cale Iorg picked up the bottle and threw it back into the crowd. Leon and Tosoni were ejected, although no official announcement about any ejections were made.
In the bottom of the ninth, John Axford did throw one pitch high and tight to Walter Ibarra, but thankfully, no further flare ups occurred. Several fans in the stands were escorted from their seats