Benches cleared at PNC Park on Sunday after Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez hit a triple off the center field wall. Gomez appeared to admire the hit as if it was going to be a home run before racing to third base. That didn't seem to sit well with Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, who had some words for the Milwaukee All-Star.
Then, everything escalated. Cole and Gomez were quickly separated as both dugouts rushed over. But then Gomez and Pittsburgh's Travis Snider went after each other in the infield. Some punches were thrown and both bullpens spilled out onto the field. The chaos eventually died down while Gomez and Pirates catcher Russell Martin needed to be restrained.
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After the Brewers won 3-2 in 14 innings, Gomez told reporters that he did not regret his actions.
"I'm not apologizing for nothing I did today. This is my job, I've been doing it for eight years like that. They know I play like that. It's not to disrespect nobody," Gomez said, reported Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. "I heard something I don't like. I don't think [Cole's] the one who tells me what I have to do. I don't tell him what he needs to do to pitch."
Meanwhile in Pittsburgh's locker room, Cole said he told Gomez that he "grabbed the ball from Harrison and I said, 'If you're going to hit a home run, you can watch it. If you're going to hit a fly ball to center field, don't watch it," per MLB.com. "I didn't curse at him, I didn't try to provoke a fight. I was frustrated, and I let my emotions get the better of me and I ended up getting one of my teammates hurt, so I'm not too thrilled about it."
As for Martin, he accused Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado of throwing a dirty punch,via the Associated Press.
"I've never sucker punched anyone in my life, so I don't know what was running through his mind there," Martin said. "But I have been sucker punched, and I know after having that happen to me that I would never do it to anyone else."