Archer banned 5 games, Puig gets 2 for melee

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Pittsburgh Pirates starter Chris Archer received a five-game suspension and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig got a two-game ban for their roles in a melee Sunday at PNC Park.

Reds manager David Bell also received a one-game suspension and, like Puig, an undisclosed fine for what the league called their “aggressive actions during the incident.” Bell and Puig will begin serving their suspensions Tuesday night, while Archer’s ban is subject to appeal. He was also fined.cheap nfl jerseys nike china

The benches-clearing incident happened in the top of the fourth inning of the Reds’ 7-5 loss to the Pirates.

Archer threw a 93-mph fastball behind Reds first baseman Derek Dietrich’s back to spark the incident. Dietrich had homered in the second inning and had stared at his blast before circling the bases, apparently angering Archer.10

Warnings were issued to both teams, but Bell came onto the field to argue with home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg that Archer should have been ejected. Players from both teams then began to push one another.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

After the situation seemed to settle down, Puig charged toward Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams at home plate and had to be restrained, reigniting the incident. Puig grabbed Pirates bench coach Tom Prince and tried to put him in a headlock.

Three Reds (Bell, Puig and relief pitcher Amir Garrett) and two Pirates (relievers Keone Kela and Felipe Vazquez) were ejected.

“I was trying to go in,” Archer said. “I air-mailed a couple balls today, a couple that I was trying to elevate, a couple that I yanked when righties were up there. Another one that I just yanked.”

“I missed — missed my spot,” he added.