MLB hit members of both teams with penalties Tuesday, including suspensions for Astros manager Dusty Baker and pitcher Hector Neris for nearly plunking Eugenio Suarez. Baker faces a one-game ban while Norris faces a four-game ban. Both were also handed undisclosed fines.
MLB also issued undisclosed fines to Mariners manager Scott Servais and Astros coaches Joe Espada, Omar Lopez and Troy Snitker for their roles in a benches-clearing incident earlier in the game.
Neris drew the most severe penalty for "intentionally throwing at Eugenio Suarez in the area of the head while warnings were in place." With Seattle leading 7-4 in the ninth inning, Neris threw a pitch high and inside that forced Suarez to duck. Neris was immediately ejected from the game.
Astros pitcher Hector Neris was ejected from the game after throwing at Eugenio Suárez's head a few batters after a benches clearing incident pic.twitter.com/vOiQkvpju7
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Baker was suspended for "the intentional actions of Neris."
Things heated up earlier in the inning when Neris threw a pitch that hit Ty France in the back as the Mariners held a 5-4 lead. Servais wasn't pleased with the pitch and started chirping from the Mariners dugout. Both benches then cleared and met at home plate.
Benches cleared after France got hit in the back by Neris pic.twitter.com/Qj4kKurkv2
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That incident led to the warnings that preceded Neris' pitch at Suarez's head.
Baker said after the game that Neris "certainly wasn’t trying to throw" at France. He acknowledged that the pitch at Suarez "looked bad" but "wasn't intentional either."
Dusty Baker on Astros/Mariners benches clearing:”There’s some bad blood brewing even from last year..Usually in the summertime is when tempers flare.He (Héctor Neris)certainly wasn’t trying to throw at (Ty France)..I don’t want to talk about it to much b/c I’m already pissed off” pic.twitter.com/XBV3hbUn7j
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) June 7, 2022
Monday's was the first of a three-game series between the teams. Neris, a reliever, appealed the ban.