The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 10-6 at Comerica Park, but it turned out to be one of the wildest games of the season, due to multiple bench clearing brawls. It all started in the sixth inning, when Yankees star Gary Sanchez was hit by a pitch by Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer, just one at bat after Sanchez took Fulmer deep for a home run. In the sixth Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and Yankees catcher Austin Romine fought at home plate, which apparently started because Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle threw a pitch behind Cabrera, which Cabrera thought was in retaliation. At this point Kahnle and Yankees manager Joe Girardi were ejected, along with Cabrera and Romine. In the seventh inning tempers flared again, when Yankees reliever Dellin Betances hit the Tigers James McCann in the helmet with a 98 MPH fastball, leading to Betances to be rightfully ejected as well a Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson. In the eighth inning, Tigers reliever Alex Wilson plunked Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier, leading to Wilson and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to be ejected. Overall, eight players and coaches were ejected, and Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (who might be the hottest hitter in baseball) could be facing a suspension, for throwing (and landing) several punches when the benches cleared.
The real MVP of these brawls was Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson, who ran out of the bullpen at a full sprint when the benches cleared, and got the meme treatment:
Bae: Come over.
Me: Can’t, I’m in the bullpen.
Bae: I’m home alone, though.
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) August 24, 2017
— Joe Rivera (@JoeRiveraSN) August 24, 2017
David Robertson sprinting in from the bullpen like pic.twitter.com/NWptNzhAWf
— MFF (@TheRealMFF) August 24, 2017
David Robertson on his way from the bullpen to the brawl pic.twitter.com/rx3riFcHeP
— Colin Mac (@IrishCMac) August 24, 2017