Sports Benches clear in Blue Jays-Braves game after Bautista bat flip

18:00  18 may  2017
18:00  18 may  2017 Source:

Freeman, Markakis lead Braves past Blue Jays

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Watch as Jose Bautista laces a home run to left field and after crossing home plate the benches clear . %2Fbaseball%2Fmlb%2Fbenches- clear - blue - jays - braves - game - bautista - bat - flip %2F. Join the Conversation.

The fiery series between the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays has put bat flips under the spotlight again. It was just another ugly incident in a series that featured a bench - clearing after Bautista 's homer, a pitch that Bautista , however, defended himself, saying: "It's part of the game .

Despite never being close on the scoreboard, Wednesday night’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves was a tense one.

It seemed to all start when Freddie Freeman was hit in the left hand by Aaron Loup in the bottom of the fifth inning and exited the game. In the top of the sixth, Devon Travis was hit by a Mike Foltynewicz pitch.

With both teams already on high alert, the benches cleared for the first time in the top of the seventh after Jason Motte struck out Kevin Pillar on a quick pitch, and Toronto’s centre-fielder had words for the Braves relief pitcher. Both dugouts and bullpens emptied, but that’s as far as it went.

Pillar calls his actions in Braves game stupid, immature

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Jose Bautista is at it again. The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder hit a solo home run and responded with a patented, epic bat flip on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves . Benches cleared after the home run, but nothing really happened. O’Flaherty, to his credit, didn’t seem mad after the game , just

In theory, the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves should have no animosity with each other. Nonetheless, that didn't stop the two sides from partaking in two -- yes, two -- benches - clearing spats during Wednesday night's game (which ended an 8-4 Braves victory).

Pillar admitted after the game that his actions following Motte’s quick pitch were “uncalled for.”

An inning later, Jose Bautista put his mark on the game. The Blue Jays slugger took Eric O’Flaherty deep to cut the Braves lead to 8-4, and promptly flipped his bat (watch HR in video above). Jace Peterson appeared to have words for Bautista as he rounded first base, and then No. 19 and Atlanta catcher Kurt Suzuki came together at home plate. Neither team escalated the confrontation any further.

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Speaking to reporters post-game, Bautista said he told Suzuki that he “wasn’t trying to show up anybody.” 

However, O’Flaherty had some strong words for Bautista after the game.

The Blue Jays wrap up their four-game home-and-home series against the Braves on Thursday.

Jose Bautista to start at third base for Blue Jays vs. Brewers .
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