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There were some extra fireworks on Sunday in a showdown between Triple-A Scranton going up against Lehigh Valley.
In a contest between the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate Scranton going up against the Phillies’ Triple-A Lehigh Valley, a brawl of massive proportions broke out right in the middle of the action. The benches cleared and there indeed was plenty of drama.
This came after Scranton catcher Max McDowell was drilled in the head with some high heat. The backstop was so angry with what happened, he charged the mound. Next thing you know, all hell broke loose.
The Yankees and Phillies Triple-A affiliates just got into a brawl after Max McDowell was hit in the head by a pitch and charged the mound😳 pic.twitter.com/Lu6tPHpo1Y
— Eli Fishman (@elijfishman) August 29, 2021
Yankees: Catcher Max McDowell lost his mind after he was hit by a pitch
That pitch got away from David Paulino. While it didn’t look intentional whatsoever, McDowell didn’t care about that whatsoever. He immediately fired off his helmet and raced after Paulino. He wasn’t able to get any punches in on the hurler, though, as the Lehigh Valley catcher got him to the ground and didn’t let go.
Moments after that went down, the two benches did end up clearing and more shoves were exchanged from both sides. This really was a tense situation, but fortunately it didn’t get out of hand and there doesn’t appear to be any injuries here.
At the end of the day, Paulino misfired on a pitch and it unfortunately hit McDowell in the back of the head. He had every right to be furious, but again, it doesn’t look like this was a deliberate act on Paulino’s part.
We’ll see if Scranton decides to retaliate later in this game or the next time the two sides face off. Next time they do play, McDowell surely won’t hesitate in losing his cool again if he were to get hit by a fastball like that.
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