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Benches clear in Red Sox-Rays game

Jun 10, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT

John Lackey AP AP

Benches cleared in the bottom of the sixth inning in tonight’s game between the Red Sox and Rays after John Lackey hit Matt Joyce in the back with a pitch.

Joyce, who homered off Lackey in the first inning, immediately suspected intent and began gesturing toward the mound. As Evan Drellich of notes, the errant pitch may not have been in retaliation to the home run, but instead to Joyce “styling” on a foul ball in the second inning. But that’s just speculation for now.

Joyce was restrained by catcher Jarrod Saltalmacchia as both benches emptied. No punches were thrown and order was quickly restored, but warnings were issued to both sides.

Lackey was pulled from the game after giving up a double to the next batter Ben Zobrist, but left-hander Craig Breslow was able to snuff out the rally. The Red Sox hold a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Lackey is a stupid butthole.

    And now it’s a 1 run ball game.

    Spotted 6 runs and you let them in the game.

  2. 13arod - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    matt joyce is one of the niciest ball players in mlb and lackey should just die in a hole and shut up matt joyce didn’t do anything wrong

  3. rollinghighwayblues - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    As a Red Sox fan, John Lackey could pitch a complete game in game seven of the WS for the victory and I would still have a a blatant pouring of disdain for him. Watching him pitch on television is painful as shit, especially by the way the producers think it’s great to zoom in on that face of his… In HD.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      He’s also got that weird skinny-Jonah-Hill thing going on.

      You look weird skinny. Accept it and get fat again. Have some respect for those of us who have to look at you.

  4. shihtzusays - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Bench clearing helps Ray tie game 3 hours after Sox score 6 in the first inning. This game had that feel all night. Ditto on nice guy Joyce.

  5. rollinghighwayblues - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I will also add that Rick Sutcliffe is so terrible. My God. When Joyce took the 3-0 hack, I seriously thought Sutcliffe was going to openly profess his love for Joe Maddon; apparently Sutcliffe thought Maddon is the only manager to give the green light to a hitter on a 3-0 count.

    • paperlions - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Yep, he is both terrible and horribly mis-informed. In fact, based on his commentary, it seems he willfully disregards things he’s been told.

  6. Old Gator - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    This would be a good opportunity to wipe the benches off and spray them with Lysol to get rid of the fart smell.

  7. lbmclean - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    good win

  8. duckthefodgers - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    This will most likely get alot of thumbs down but what is the point when benches clear or when guys charge mounds if you have no real intention of fighting? Kind of just makes baseball players look like pussies. Either actually do something or nothing, I love baseball Ive played most my life and watched since I was little but at least football and hockey players actually throw punches.

  9. lbmclean - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    if that asshat did style on a foul-ball, Lackey should have thrown at his head


  10. theskinsman - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Lots of chirping from the Rays bench, Joyce homers and then poses at a long foul ball? He got tagged between the numbers. Salty was telling him to take his base, like a grown up, but Joyce wasn’t done posing. Wish he had tried Salty,that would have been entertaining.
    Farrell, you better buy a lottery ticket- running Lackey out there inning after inning when he had NOTHING. Glad the Sox pulled it out.

  11. oimakkamio - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    LOL, this was funny. So Joyce poses for a foul ball. Of course you’re going to eat one. Maddon would have his guy do the same thing. Not a huge Lackey fan but he’s got some old school in him. Loved it when he walked off the field and the 2 Rays fans at the game boo’d him. I couldnt believe when this ended there were what maybe 2000 people there, and 1999 of them were Sox fan. Scoreboard Tampa.

  12. aceshigh11 - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    The Rays scored two to tie the game after being down 8-6 in the 10th, and then weren’t able to get the winning run across with THE BASES LOADED AND NO OUTS.

    They deserved to lose that game.

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