SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Benches cleared in the top of the sixth inning during Friday night’s game between the Phillies and Giants after San Francisco reliever Ramon Ramirez hit Shane Victorino in the back with a pitch.
Victorino began walking toward the mound and Giants catcher Eli Whiteside stepped in front of him. Placido Polanco raced in from second base and was tackled by Whiteside, who along with Victorino was ejected. Ramirez also was tossed.
Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff was in the middle of the scrum and Phillies leadoff man Jimmy Rollins shoved San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus as they exchanged words.
Even Phillies manager Charlie Manuel tried to hold back Victorino to no avail as he entered the fray for a second time. Philadelphia led 8-2.
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