Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer (24) walks away from a bench clearing brawl with fellow pitcher Trevor Williams (34) during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 7, 2019. A wild pitch by Archer during an at-bat by Reds' Derek Dietrich started the fight. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Archer suspended for 5 games, Puig for 2, Bell for 1

April 09, 2019 - 12:06 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh pitcher Chris Archer has been suspended for five games, Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig for two and Reds manager David Bell for one for their roles in a bench-clearing fracas last weekend.

The commissioner's office said Tuesday that Archer has appealed his penalty and will play pending a decision. Puig and Bell were to serve their discipline starting Tuesday.

Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre also fined all three for their behavior Sunday.

Cincinnati's Derek Dietrich stood in the batter's box to admire his long home run in the second inning, and two innings later Archer threw his first pitch behind the waist of Dietrich. Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg warned both benches and Bell jogged from the dugout to the infield, arguing Archer should have been ejected.

Benches and bullpens emptied, and an enraged Puig barreled into a bunch of Pirates.

Archer maintained he missed his location while trying to throw an inside pitch.


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