The Royals continued having dust-ups with teams, as their Thursday night game against the White Sox was interrupted by a bench-clearing brawl that led to five ejections. In the seventh inning, Yordano Ventura fielded a quick shot back to the mound from White Sox hitter Adam Eaton, then barked something at Eaton as he ran to first base. Benches emptied and five players were ejected - Ventura, Lorenzo Cain, Edinson Volquez for the Royals, and Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija for the White Sox.
Here is the play.
Here's Ventura barking at Eaton.
Ryan Lefebvre seemed to think Adam Eaton barked something at Ventura first.
Royals TV saying that Adam Eaton said something 1st to Ventura, but only after Ventura was staring at him. This isn’t like 5th grade at all— Dave Brown (@AnswerDave) April 24, 2015
Here's Lorenzo Cain doing his best Beavis and Butthead impression pic.twitter.com/ZxCLeBh8eX— Shaun Newkirk (@Shauncore) April 24, 2015
Looks like Adam Eaton was relegated to equipment duty during the fight... pic.twitter.com/oSaNSnIyPF— Shaun Newkirk (@Shauncore) April 24, 2015
Meanwhile here's Volquez with the big whiff pic.twitter.com/wtQ7BEcR5f— Shaun Newkirk (@Shauncore) April 24, 2015
Mike Jirschele may have gotten the worst of it.
His control has been off all year RT @McCulloughStar: Samardzija charged Cain, missed and bowled over Mike Jirschele.— Dave Brown (@AnswerDave) April 24, 2015
Ken Rosenthal thinks Ventura is putting his teammates in jeopardy.
If #Royals fans want to exonerate Ventura for hitting Lawrie, fine. But with repeated incidents he jeopardizes his own teammates. Smart?— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 24, 2015
Even if Adam Eaton says something, the Royals -- and Ventura especially -- have to know other teams are trying to bait them. Be bigger.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 24, 2015
Heard this from multiple scouts, executives over past few days: Ventura could not behave this way if he pitched in the N.L. and had to bat.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) April 24, 2015
I've pretty much had it with Ventura. Can't defend his actions. #Royals— Craig Brown (@royalsauthority) April 24, 2015
Nice to see that Ventura learned so much about how to handle himself after this weekend.— Nate Bukaty (@nate_bukaty) April 24, 2015
Hawk Harrelson is calling out what Yordano Ventura said as "sheer stupidity". I agree with Hawk. STOP MAKING ME AGREE WITH HAWK YOU GUYS— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) April 24, 2015
Sorry folks. Ventura has some growing up to do.— Todd Leabo (@Leabonics) April 24, 2015
if these Royals are a manifestation of a Manfred idea to make baseball more interesting to young people, I actually think it could work— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) April 24, 2015
Ejections this season: Royals 9 Padres 3 White Sox 2 (both tonight) 11 teams w/ 1 each— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 24, 2015
The Royals are an embarrassment to baseball.— Bill Baer (@Baer_Bill) April 24, 2015
WINNER OF MAYWEATHER/PACQUIAO GETS TO FACE YORDANO VENTURA.— NOT BUSTER OLNEY (@TRIPPINGOLNEY) April 24, 2015
Ventura gonna get suspended for...saying a couple words? Didn't hit anyone, didn't throw punches. Curious on the precedent here.— Hunter Samuels (@HunterSamuels) April 24, 2015
I'm starting to believe that Yordano Ventura didn't tip that stripper from last year now.— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) April 24, 2015
Straight outta Kauffman pic.twitter.com/IYsfDWRimW— Wes Hutson (@wkh09) April 23, 2015