Benches clear on two occasions during Cubs-Nationals game (videos)
With the game out of hand and the Washington Nationals beating the Cubs for the fourth consecutive game, tempers flared during the fifth inning and again in the seventh between the two squads.
With Jason Werth batting in the bottom of the 5th inning and the Nationals leading 7-2, Bo Porter, the Nationals third base coach, and Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk exchanged words near the Cubs dugout after Chicago catcher Steve Clevenger took a trip to the dugout to switch gloves.
It remains unclear what originally caused the dust-up between the two coaches, but Cubs skipper Dale Sveum did have to separate the two. Players from both dugouts and the bullpens walked onto the field and Quirk was ultimately ejected.
And things were just heating up.
In the 7th inning, things took a turn for the worse when Cubs pitcher Lendy Castillo threw way inside with Nationals phenom Bryce Harper at the plate. Home plate umpire Jerry Lane tried to calm the storm, but it was too late, as players once again began to take the field. The blow-by-blow — or, more accurately push-by-push, in this case — via The Washington Post:
But by then, players converged between first base and pitcher’s mound. As players got into each other’s faces, there appeared to be some pushing. On replay, it appears that Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger pushed Nationals outfielder Michael Morse and reach at Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond. It’s unclear exactly how or who started the shoving. Umpires and coaches pulled players apart. Clevenger was ejected from the game, as were Cubs pitcher Manuel Corpas and Nationals reliever Michael Gonzalez.
Gee whiz. Thankfully, this is the final game between the two feuding squads this season. Emotions will likely cool before the two teams face each other next season.