A’s, Astros Brawl After Ramon Laureano Is Hit By Pitch

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  • Game 3 of the Astros vs A’s series in Oakland was marred by a 7th inning brawl.
  • The brawl ensued after A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch from rookie pitcher Humberto Castellanos.
  • The incident overshadowed Oakland’s 9th consecutive win of the season.

Oakland Athletics’ pitcher Mike Fiers was the person who revealed the Houston Astros’ signal-stealing scandal last year. So when the A’s and Astros opened a three-game set last Friday, fans held their breaths. And after a quiet first two games, Game 3 offered plenty of fireworks, literally.

Laureano Charges Houston Bench

The A’s completed a sweep of the stros as Oakland defeated their AL West rivals 7-2 on Sunday. However, their 9th consecutive win of the season was overshadowed by a bench-clearing brawl that was triggered when Oakland OF Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch from Humberto Castellanos. It didn’t help that it was the third time this series where Laureano has been hit by a pitch and it was the second time in two plate appearances on Sunday.

After the incident, Laureano pointed at the Astros’ right-handed rookie pitcher and started exchanging words with Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron. Cintron urged Laureano to bring it on and the A’s outfielder obliged. Laureano left first base, threw his batting helmet, and charged at Cintron in the first-base dugout. Astros catcher Dustin Garneau rushed from the bench and tackled Laureano before he got to Cintron. Tempers flares and the benches cleared.

This was Houston’s second skirmish of the season. Two weeks ago, the Astros figured in a bench-clearing brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers. That incident drew an eight-game suspension for Dodgers’ pitcher Joe Kelly. Commissioner Rob Manfred has warned against opposing teams retaliating against the Astros for their signal-stealing scandal. But this wasn’t about the scandal. It was about Cintron lighting Laureano’s fire.

Suspensions Are Coming

Laureano and A’s catcher Austin Allen were ejected from the game. Allen, complete in his catching gear, tangled with Astros catcher Martin Maldonado. The A’s still won and and their streak continued. However, the concern for Oakland is Laureano who could be staring at a possible suspension during a 60-game season.

It will be very unfortunate if the A’s will be hit by one or more suspensions. Oakland has the best record in baseball at 12-4 on the year. Their five-game lead in the AL West is the biggest division lead right now in the majors and their sweep of Houston put the Astros in third place. They have won nine games in a row and in a shortened season like 2020, this may be they best chance to play in the World Series for the first time in three decades.

The A’s are the hottest team in the majors right now and Laureano is a big part of their success. The 26-year old from the Dominican Republic is hitting .278/.406/.519 this season. He is a very good defender and baserunner that with his batting averages, he is leading the team in WAR this season. To lose him right now to suspension would be disastrous for the A’s.

The Major League Baseball office in New York is expected to look closely at the video of the incident on Monday morning and by the time that Oakland takes the field on Monday in Anaheim against the Angels, we will probably know what the future holds for Laureano or the other players. The A’s can only keep their fingers crossed.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher.