The first Los Angeles Dodgers match with the Houston Astra since the deception scandal struck the 2017 World Series champions was no shortage of flair on Tuesday night.
As Joe Kelly of Dodgers threw the field toward Astra’s beating Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa, the stands emptied in a 5-2 victory over Houston.
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Kelly muttered Bregman and Correa’s heads in the sixth inning. He threw a walk behind Bregman, and his square Correa was overhead.
From the outside, the squares facing Bregman and Correa looked like a means of revenge against the Astra for deception in the 2017 season.
An MLB survey earlier this year revealed a complex scheme developed by Astra to steal tokens and warn players when a breakable ball comes. Astra employees would blow up the trash when they received a signal from a camera installed in the center of the Minute Maid park. That year, the Dodgers will lose to Astra’s global series.
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But Kelly denied deliberately throwing Astra’s head.
“No. When I was with the Red Sox, we beat them in ’18. “He said.” “It simply came to our notice then. There are no fans here, it’s hard to hear some things (from the opposite bottom) … There’s something they apparently didn’t accept.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wasn’t sure either.
“I really don’t know to be quite honest,” he said. “I know he’s 3-0 behind Bregman and has lost the fast ball. I really don’t think that’s the goal. I think those guys were a little offended. Even in Correa, it was a breakable ball that just kept the reserve. “
Astra chief Dusty Baker said Kelly grabbed Correa, but nothing was said to provoke the pitcher.
“What really impressed everyone … is when he told him, ‘Nice swing b – h,'” Baker said. “What should you do then?”
Baker added, “We didn’t say anything. We are not starting anything. But we also do nothing. “
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Correa and Bregman did not talk to reporters after the game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.