The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry returned to its violent roots on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, as a benches-clearing brawl transpired during the seventh inning after Boston’s right-hander Joe Kelly drilled Tyler Austin with a 97 mph fastball to the left elbow.
The incident picked up steam when Austin slammed down his bat in frustration and charged the pitcher’s mound to confront Kelly. In a matter of seconds, both players were exchanging right and left hooks, and the teams rushed out onto the field to join in and break up the chaos.
Austin and Kelly were immediately ejected from the game, as were Tommy Kanhle and third base coach Phil Nevin. Three innings later, the Yankees won the game, 10-7.
The fray was ignited four innings earlier, however, when Austin made a hard and late slide into second base on a ground ball. Once Austin reached the bag, his spike struck Red Sox infielder Brock Holt in the leg, and the two exchanged words once the play was over. That brief chat also led to both teams leaving the dugouts and bullpens without incident, and umpires determined that the play wasn’t reviewable.
Below are videos of Yankees and Red Sox players and managers reacting to the brawl, courtesy of the YES Network:
3B COACH PHIL NEVIN
RED SOX MANAGER ALEX CORA