Shane Victorino and San Francisco's Ramon Ramirez and Eli Whiteside all were ejected after
benches cleared in the top of the sixth inning of the Phillies' 9-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night at AT&T Park.
The win was the Phillies eighth in a row, and the team has yet to lose since acquiring outfielder Hunter Pence from Houston on July 29.
Vance Worley (8-1) allowed two runs over seven innings as he beat the Giants for the second time in 10 days, and homers by John Mayberry, Victorino and Pence all led to the team's runs.
The Phillies and Giants have become quite the rivals of late, after the Giants upset of the favored Phillies last season's NLCS.
As for the WWE-like brawl, both benches emptied and the infield turned into a large wrestling mat after Ramirez hit Victorino with a pitch in the lower back, just after after the Phillies scored three runs to go ahead, 8-2. Victorino had good reason to believe he was hit on purpose. After the pitch, he flipped his bat and started to walk toward the mound and Ramirez immediately dropped his glove and moved toward the plate. Victorino was stopped by home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski while Giants catcher Eli Whiteside jumped out from behind the plate and readied himself for a fight. Whiteside tackled Placido Polanco as he moved to the center of the infield. That's when the benches cleared.
“He hit Vic and came off the mound,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Ramirez. “At that point, Vic almost has to go unless he wants to be called a chicken by his teammates. That’s the way baseball works. [Ramirez] pretty much called him out.”