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Pirates' Archer Suspended 5 Games For Incident That Led To Bench-Clearing Incident

Reds' outfielder Yasiel Puig and manager David Bell also suspended

April 09, 2019 - 12:52 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan/AP) - The repercussions of Sunday’s bench-clearing incident during the Pirates – Reds game have come down from Major League Baseball.

Major League Baseball’s Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre announced Tuesday, Pirates pitcher Chris Archer has received a five-games suspension and a fine for an undisclosed amount of money for intentionally throwing a pitch at Reds Derek Dietrich. Archer can appeal that ruling

Cincinnati's Derek Dietrich stood in the batter's box to admire his long home run in the second inning, and two innings later Archer threw his first pitch behind the waist of Dietrich. Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg warned both benches and Bell jogged from the dugout to the infield, arguing Archer should have been ejected.

Benches and bullpens emptied, and an enraged Puig barreled into a bunch of Pirates.

Archer maintained he missed his location while trying to throw an inside pitch.

Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig received two-games and manager David Bell a one- game suspension. They also both face a fine for “aggressive actions” during the incidents. Puig and suspension begin Tuesday evening. Bell will also serve his suspension Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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