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Benches empty in third inning of Game 6

Oct 23, 2010, 9:07 PM EDT

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A wild Jonathan Sanchez plunked Chase Utley in the back, leading a perturbed Utley to flip the ball back to the pitcher and sparking a benches-clearing incident in the third inning of Game 6 of the NLCS.

The ball, which hit Utley just above the numbers, happened to carom and bounce into Utley’s right hand as he started to take his base with none out in the third. He casually flipped the ball back to Sanchez, with no apparent malice, but Sanchez was focused on getting another ball from the umpire and wasn’t quite sure how to take Utley’s toss.

Fortunately, no punches were thrown and no one was ejected from the game as a result of the incident. Sanchez, though, was immediately replaced by manager Bruce Bochy after the loss of composure. Jeremy Affeldt was already warming up anyway, and he was certainly ready to pitch by the time the fracas was over.

The game was tied 2-2 at the time of the incident. The Giants scored twice in the top of the third on a rally started by Sanchez’s single. Sanchez, though, was very wild to start the bottom of the third, leading to the early bullpen activity.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 23, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Jonathon SanCHEZ is a big f’ing pussy!!! I wish Utley would have taken his head off. They are lucky they took him out because if he had hit the big piece, I think Ryan would have ripped his left arm off and beat his ass with it. The Giants better not dig in too much at home, because the Wizard of Oswalt WILL HIT somebody. No doubt about it.

    • Richard In Big D - Oct 23, 2010 at 10:14 PM

      So what you’re saying is, Phillies players are just as violent and classless as their fans, right?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 23, 2010 at 10:22 PM

        I guess what SanCHEZ did wasn’t classless? Telling Utley that was Bullshit? Starting a benches-clearing brawl because he sucks and is a f’ing asshole? The whole “Philly fans are violent and classless” act is old, stupid and beneath you. Stop.

    • Sign Ahead - Oct 24, 2010 at 10:07 AM

      What’s with the SanCHEZ thing? Did Matthew mispronounce his name?

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 24, 2010 at 11:48 PM

        McCarebear pronounces it that way for both of the Dwarves players with that surname.

    • gogigantos - Oct 24, 2010 at 10:20 AM

      Oswalt did hit Uribe and,,,, wasn’t tossed?, hmmmm

  2. Jonny 5 - Oct 23, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Next time you’re found, with your chin on the ground
    There a lot to be learned, so look around

    Just what makes that little old ant
    Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
    Anyone knows an ant, can’t
    Move a rubber tree plant

    But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
    He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

    So any time you’re gettin’ low
    ‘stead of lettin’ go
    Just remember that ant
    Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

    When troubles call, and your back’s to the wall
    There a lot to be learned, that wall could fall

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:07 PM

      Harry? Is that you? Using Jonny’s hijacked account? If so, the Phightins need a little help down here….

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:12 PM

        Another terrible unlucky double play. When you don’t put up enough runs when you have the chance, this is the shit that happens.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:23 PM

        Could McCarver and Buck be any more wrong almost every time they make some type of stupid prediction? Between who is going to bunt when, if Wilson is going to swing the bat, etc. Seems they should just stick to reporting what is going on and stop trying to guess about anything.

  3. Richard In Big D - Oct 23, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    How is the truth beneath me? And ehy are you the ONLY mouth on here that protests so stronly? Are you the idiot that puked on the little girl? The moron that got tased? What is it? Me thinks he doth protest too much…

  4. God Himself Can't Make Me Root for the Yanks, But Fiorentino Might - Oct 23, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    You post a violent and classless statement. Then you say, “The whole ‘Philly fans are violent and classless’ act is old, stupid and beneath you. Stop.”

    Ooookay, then.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    LOLZ violent and classless? Give me a break, guys. Jesus Christ get the stick out of your asses already.

    • Richard In Big D - Oct 24, 2010 at 9:37 AM

      If there’s a stick up my ass, it’s only because a Phils fan shoved it there against my will. Small step from intetional vomit.

  6. God Himself Can't Make Me Root for W's Team, But Fiorentino Might - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    jonny5 gets a break anytime he needs it. he’s earned it. utley’s hair, too. all other Phillies fans posting here… yeah, them, too.

    but you, no, not so much.

    • Richard In Big D - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:25 PM

      I understand your disdain for W, I really do. But he was 2 owners ago, and now it’s Nolan and Chuck’s team. They just let him come to games and have a good seat because of the job he used to have. Please reconsider, The claw and antler society is really a very different group than was here before.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:47 PM

        What the hell are you talking about?

      • God Himself Can't Make Me Root for W's Team, But Fiorentino Might - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:48 PM

        Thanks, Richard, I’d heard you Texas folk was mighty hospitable. And frankly, had it ended up Texas-Philly, I would indeed have accepted your offer and rooted for Texas. But as California is my home, I’ll be pullin’ for the Gigantes. Hope it goes the full seven, tho’, and that each is a one run game. Best…

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:58 PM

      I’m eff-ing pissed. Failures in offense…failures in defense…the only thing that did NOT fail was the pitching, which kept them in striking range, but 8-for-45 RISP?!?!?!? WTF?!?!?!? So, Cholly, what do you think Milt Thompson is doing right now? This sucks so bad.

      Congratulations to the Dwarves, but eight friggin HBPs? Totally uncalled for. Ordinarily, I go with NL loyalty, but go Cliffy, Hamilton and the Walkers–and I guess Frenchie, but that is only by default.

      This sucks bad.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Only one word to describe it. Pathetic. Simply pathetic. Congrats to the Giants. Nothing more to say. I’m out. It was real guys. I couldn’t have been more wrong about the Phillies. They go down with their #1 power guy holding the bat on his shoulder. What more can be said. Pathetic. No moral victories. Not a good year. This is as bad as it gets.

    • ditto65 - Oct 24, 2010 at 8:20 AM

      Two games from the WS is as bad as it gets? See: Pirates, Pittsburgh; Royals, Kansas City; Orioles, Baltimore;Mariners, Seattle;Cubs, Chicago; etc., etc.

  8. gogigantos - Oct 24, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Oh soooo sweet! Giants battle the kings and come out on top. Extra sweet that all these Phillies fans, so cock sure of themselves and their predestined team, must eat crow. Not so much as a tip of the cap to the team that simply out battled and wanted more than them. Classless bunch of pouty sour babies you all are, hope it tastes good all that bile. A tip of my cap to the Phillies, a proud and strong team that battled hard to the end. On to Texas. I hope all the East Coast turns it off and misses some more good ball. Go Giants.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 24, 2010 at 12:54 AM

      Somebody knows how to copy and paste. I wonder…will you copy these idiotic ramblings about Philly fans to every new blog post that relates to the Giants/Phillies series or were we only blessed enough to get them on just these two?

      • Richard In Big D - Oct 24, 2010 at 1:01 AM

        Where did the turd come from that occupies the space between your ears?

      • gogigantos - Oct 24, 2010 at 5:47 AM

        nope, just for you lover boy, this one’s really just for you :)

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM

      Well, that’s really classy of you, too.

  9. BC - Oct 25, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Too bad. I’d love some postseason basebrawl!

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