Back in 2008 Shane Victorino made it clear to Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda that you do not throw at his head. Tonight, he made it clear to Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez that it is not ok to throw at his back simply because you're the defending the World Series Champions, down 8-2, and in the midst of getting embarrassed at home.
Shane was mad as hell and he wasn't going to take it anymore. He tossed his bat aside, started towards the mound, and was temporarily restrained by home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski. All the while, Giants catcher Eli Whiteside was hopping up and down like he'd just freebased a Red Bull and speed.
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Placido Polanco, who was on first at the time, joined the fray only to
be form-tackled by the completely over-stimulated Whiteside. Pushing and
shoving ensued, but no clean punches were landed.
Victorino, who in an effort to get involved in the fracas/brouhaha/melee/donnybrook forcibly shoved aside plate ump Muchlinski, surely is facing a
suspension. Ramirez and Whiteside will likely miss time as well.
As for the game itself - the Phils won their second straight over the
Giants with a 9-2 win. Vance Worley picked up the win, his eighth, going
seven strong. Offensively, John Mayberry Jr. and Hunter Pence each went
yard for the second consecutive game. Victorino actually got the scoring
going with a solo shot off of Sanchez in the fourth.
The win is the eighth in a row for a Phillies team playing .652 baseball on the season.
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