Wild Puig in middle of bench-clearing fray, Pirates top Reds

PITTSBURGH (AP) Yasiel Puig looked eager to take a big swing. And not with a bat, either.

An enraged Puig barreled into a bunch of Pirates during a bench-clearing fracas Sunday, and was among five ejections in Pittsburgh's 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The trouble started in the fourth inning when Pirates starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch behind the waist of Derek Dietrich. His previous time up, Dietrich dropped the bat and stood to admire his 436-foot home run clear the fence atop the Clemente Wall and bounce into the Allegheny River.

Dietrich froze in the batter's box when Archer's 93 mph fastball whizzed by. Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg warned both benches and new Reds manager David Bell jogged from the dugout to the infield, arguing Archer should've been ejected.

''I was trying to go in,'' Archer said. ''I air-mailed a couple balls today, a couple that I was trying to elevate, a couple that I yanked when righties were up there. Another one that I just yanked.''

''I missed - missed my spot,'' he said.

The Reds weren't buying it.

And when Archer was allowed to stay in the game, tempers quickly escalated.

The excitable Puig, in his first season with the Reds, grabbed Pirates bench coach Tom Prince and tried to put the 54-year-old former catcher in a headlock. Puig kept trying to plow ahead, and eventually was held back by teammate Joey Votto.

''When people watch the ball go far away or do bat flips, like I do before, in the next (at-bat) try to strike out the guy,'' Puig said. ''Don't try to hit the guy, because we can't defend you back because we can't hit you with a bat or nothing.''

Puig, Bell and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett were ejected, as were Pirates pitchers Keone Kela and Felipe Vazquez.

Archer (1-0) went six innings, allowing three runs and five hits while striking out seven.

''It's just completely unacceptable for anyone to try to intentionally hurt one of our players,'' Bell said. ''It's that simple. And it was obvious.''

Vazquez said he was ejected for entering the field without his uniform top. The reliever, said Dietrich, who was designated for assignment this offseason, hasn't earned the right to do something like that.

''He shouldn't have done that,'' Vazquez said. ''If you do something like that, you're going to pay for it. We're trying to play the game like we have to, respect the game. He shouldn't do it. Joey (Votto) can do it because he's been here a long time, but for a guy like that, he's not supposed to do something like that. ... I think it was a little too much.''

Dietrich later homered for the second time. Scott Schebler also homered for the Reds.

Josh Bell hit an estimated 474-foot home run off Reds starter Anthony DeSclafini (0-1) in the fourth that cleared the batter's eye in center field. Adam Frazier homered on DeSclafini's first pitch of the game.

Bell's homer helped the Pirates complete a four-game sweep. He said he isn't worried there might be lasting repercussions with the Reds going forward.

''It's not concern, it's excitement,'' he said. ''This is what baseball is about. It's starting early. The Reds were a team that kind of gave us some problems last year, so set that standard early and continue to let them know what we're about.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RF Gregory Polanco (left shoulder surgery) and RHP Dovydas Neverauskas (left oblique strain) began rehab assignments with Class A Bradenton. Neverauskas pitched a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout. Polanco went 0 for 2 with two walks.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (0-1, 1.42 ERA) will start a three-game homestand against Miami on Tuesday. They will be the only three games in Cincinnati for the Reds between April 4 and April 22, a span of 16 games.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-1, 3.46) will make his third start of 2019 against the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

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PIT5-3
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  • W: C. Archer (1-0)L: A. DeSclafani (0-1)S: R. Rodriguez (1)
  • HR: CIN - D. Dietrich 2 (3), S. Schebler (1), PIT - J. Bell (2), A. Frazier (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker LF-RF40000020.042.115.042.157-1.0
Y. Puig RF20000000.133.188.167.354-1.0
M. Kemp LF21100000.091.091.091.1822.0
S. Schebler CF41211021.138.219.276.4956.0
E. Suarez 3B31000112.192.344.385.7281.5
D. Dietrich 1B42242020.278.316.8331.14913.0
J. Peraza 2B40100000.200.200.300.5003.0
T. Barnhart C30100011.273.360.318.6780.5
R. Stephenson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- K. Farmer PH10000000.100.100.400.5000.0
J. Iglesias SS30000102.250.348.400.7481.0
A. DeSclafani P20000023.000.000.000.000-1.0
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Casali C10000000.250.250.417.6670.0
b- J. Votto PH10000000.226.314.419.7340.0
  • a-grounded out for Peralta in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Casali in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B42211000.333.429.533.9628.0
S. Marte CF50100001.219.265.375.6403.0
F. Cervelli C41100011.250.344.250.5941.5
J. Bell 1B32221110.310.382.6211.00310.5
J. Kang 3B40000024.154.241.346.588-1.0
M. Cabrera RF42320000.391.417.478.8958.0
J. Shuck RF00000000.214.421.214.6350.0
J. Martin LF40210011.500.571.6671.2383.5
E. Gonzalez SS20110200.167.286.292.5775.0
C. Archer P30000035.000.000.000.000-1.5
N. Kingham P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Moran PH10000010.333.500.6671.167-0.5
R. Rodriguez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Kingham in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Schebler, D. Dietrich 2 (3)
  • RBI - S. Schebler (2), D. Dietrich 4 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Schebler, D. Dietrich 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, A. DeSclafani 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (3), M. Cabrera (2), J. Martin, E. Gonzalez
  • 3B - S. Marte
  • HR - A. Frazier, J. Bell (2)
  • RBI - A. Frazier (3), J. Bell 2 (8), M. Cabrera 2 (3), J. Martin, E. Gonzalez (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (2), J. Martin, E. Gonzalez
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kang 2 (2), C. Archer 5 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Peraza
  • CS - Y. Puig
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Frazier
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - Y. Puig
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gonzalez-Frazier-Bell)
  • E - C. Archer, E. Gonzalez (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. DeSclafani (L, 0-1)4.17661526.751.50-4.5
D. Hernandez1.14112107.363.00-3.5
R. Stephenson1.10000201.690.754.0
W. Peralta1.01000100.001.092.5
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer (W, 1-0)6.05332722.451.0921.5
N. Kingham2.02220314.151.153.5
R. Rodriguez (S, 1)1.00000006.751.2510.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer (W, 1-0)6.0
N. Kingham2.0
R. Rodriguez (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. DeSclafani, D. Hernandez 2 (2)
  • HBP - A. DeSclafani
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 65-41, D. Hernandez 26-17, R. Stephenson 18-12, W. Peralta 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 3-4, W. Peralta 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 21, D. Hernandez 10, R. Stephenson 4, W. Peralta 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Archer
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 100-62, N. Kingham 27-20, R. Rodriguez 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 6-5, N. Kingham 1-2, R. Rodriguez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 25, N. Kingham 8, R. Rodriguez 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Winker LF-RF40000020.042.115.042.157-1.0
Y. Puig RF20000000.133.188.167.354-1.0
M. Kemp LF21100000.091.091.091.1822.0
S. Schebler CF41211021.138.219.276.4956.0
E. Suarez 3B31000112.192.344.385.7281.5
D. Dietrich 1B42242020.278.316.8331.14913.0
J. Peraza 2B40100000.200.200.300.5003.0
T. Barnhart C30100011.273.360.318.6780.5
R. Stephenson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- K. Farmer PH10000000.100.100.400.5000.0
J. Iglesias SS30000102.250.348.400.7481.0
A. DeSclafani P20000023.000.000.000.000-1.0
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Casali C10000000.250.250.417.6670.0
b- J. Votto PH10000000.226.314.419.7340.0
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  • a-grounded out for Peralta in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Casali in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B42211000.333.429.533.9628.0
S. Marte CF50100001.219.265.375.6403.0
F. Cervelli C41100011.250.344.250.5941.5
J. Bell 1B32221110.310.382.6211.00310.5
J. Kang 3B40000024.154.241.346.588-1.0
M. Cabrera RF42320000.391.417.478.8958.0
J. Shuck RF00000000.214.421.214.6350.0
J. Martin LF40210011.500.571.6671.2383.5
E. Gonzalez SS20110200.167.286.292.5775.0
C. Archer P30000035.000.000.000.000-1.5
N. Kingham P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Moran PH10000010.333.500.6671.167-0.5
R. Rodriguez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total34712723912-----
  • a-struck out for Kingham in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Schebler, D. Dietrich 2 (3)
  • RBI - S. Schebler (2), D. Dietrich 4 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Schebler, D. Dietrich 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, A. DeSclafani 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (3), M. Cabrera (2), J. Martin, E. Gonzalez
  • 3B - S. Marte
  • HR - A. Frazier, J. Bell (2)
  • RBI - A. Frazier (3), J. Bell 2 (8), M. Cabrera 2 (3), J. Martin, E. Gonzalez (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (2), J. Martin, E. Gonzalez
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kang 2 (2), C. Archer 5 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Peraza
  • CS - Y. Puig
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Frazier
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - Y. Puig
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gonzalez-Frazier-Bell)
  • E - C. Archer, E. Gonzalez (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. DeSclafani (L, 0-1)4.17661526.751.50-4.5
D. Hernandez1.14112107.363.00-3.5
R. Stephenson1.10000201.690.754.0
W. Peralta1.01000100.001.092.5
Total8.01277392---
PITCHERSIP
A. DeSclafani (L, 0-1)4.1
D. Hernandez1.1
R. Stephenson1.1
W. Peralta1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer (W, 1-0)6.05332722.451.0921.5
N. Kingham2.02220314.151.153.5
R. Rodriguez (S, 1)1.00000006.751.2510.0
Total9.07552103---
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer (W, 1-0)6.0
N. Kingham2.0
R. Rodriguez (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. DeSclafani, D. Hernandez 2 (2)
  • HBP - A. DeSclafani
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 65-41, D. Hernandez 26-17, R. Stephenson 18-12, W. Peralta 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 3-4, W. Peralta 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 21, D. Hernandez 10, R. Stephenson 4, W. Peralta 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Archer
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 100-62, N. Kingham 27-20, R. Rodriguez 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 6-5, N. Kingham 1-2, R. Rodriguez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 25, N. Kingham 8, R. Rodriguez 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Dietrich homered to right center, Kemp scored57
  • 5TH INNING
    Cabrera singled to center, Cervelli and Bell scored37
    Bell doubled to deep right, Frazier scored, Cervelli to third35
  • 4TH INNING
    Martin singled to right, Cabrera scored, Martin to second34
    Bell homered to center33
  • 3RD INNING
    Schebler homered to right center32
  • 2ND INNING
    Gonzalez doubled to deep right center, Cabrera scored, Gonzalez out at third22
    Dietrich homered to right center, Suarez scored21
  • 1ST INNING
    Frazier homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • Kyle Farmer hit for Wandy Peralta
    • K. Farmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Farmer grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Iglesias flied out to deep left
    • Joey Votto hit for Curt Casali
    • J. Votto: Foul, Strike looking, Votto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J.B. Shuck in right field
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kemp singled to center
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Dietrich homered to right center, Kemp scored
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Colin Moran hit for Nick Kingham
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Robert Stephenson
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Frazier singled to center
    • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Frazier picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Marte grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Nick Kingham relieved Chris Archer
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to third
    • C. Casali: Ball, Ball, Casali fouled out to right
    • J. Winker: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Stephenson Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to left
    • J. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Peraza grounded out to third
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Foul, Barnhart flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hernandez Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Frazier flied out to center
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marte tripled to left center
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli fouled out to first
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell intentionally walked
    • Curt Casali catching
    • Robert Stephenson pitching
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kang struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Winker flied out to deep left
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kemp lined out to center
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Schebler singled to shallow left
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Suarez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier hit by pitch
    • S. Marte: Marte popped out to second
    • F. Cervelli: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Cervelli singled to left, Frazier to second
    • David Hernandez relieved Anthony DeSclafani
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell doubled to deep right, Frazier scored, Cervelli to third
    • J. Kang: Ball, Strike swinging, Kang popped out to second
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to center, Cervelli and Bell scored
    • J. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Martin doubled to deep right, Cabrera to third
    • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez intentionally walked
    • C. Archer: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Archer struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza singled to left center
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging, Peraza stole second
    • J. Iglesias: Iglesias intentionally walked
    • A. DeSclafani: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, DeSclafani struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Kemp in left field
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to third
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell homered to center
    • J. Kang: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kang lined out to left
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep right
    • J. Martin: Ball, Martin singled to right, Cabrera scored, Martin to second
    • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez intentionally walked
    • C. Archer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Archer struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Winker lined out to right
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Ball, Puig safe at first on Archer throwing error
    • S. Schebler: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Puig caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Schebler homered to right center
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Suarez flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • C. Archer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Archer struck out looking
    • A. Frazier: Frazier lined out to left
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Dietrich homered to right center, Suarez scored
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Peraza safe at first on shortstop Gonzalez fielding error
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Barnhart singled to left, Peraza to second
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to second, Peraza to third, Barnhart out at second
    • A. DeSclafani: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, DeSclafani struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • J. Kang: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Kang struck out swinging
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera singled to center
    • J. Martin: Martin flied out to center
    • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez doubled to deep right center, Cabrera scored, Gonzalez out at third
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Winker struck out on foul tip
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Puig grounded out to catcher
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Schebler struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Frazier homered to right center
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Marte grounded out to pitcher
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)