The Padres and Rockies are playing a game in Colorado today, and things really went to hell in the third inning after Padres starter Luis Perdomo threw a fastball behind Nolan Arenado, sparking a benches-clearing fracas.
The context here is that the Rockies hit Manuel Margot with a pitch in the ninth inning of last night’s game, and then hit Hunter Renfroe during today’s game. That was enough to convince Perdomo that he needed to uncork a heater at Arenado, which in turn was enough to get Arenado charging at the mound.
This isn’t the wildest basebrawl you’ll ever see, but there are some fun moments if you look carefully. Perdomo’s glove toss, which just missed Arenado’s head, is one. So is Mark McGwire gruffly playing the role of peacemaker. But the real highlight is Freddy Galvis’s flyby: