A wild pair of innings in Tuesday's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees culminated in multiple heated ejections.
The home half of the sixth inning began with a pair of hits for the Yankees to chase Blue Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi, who had been cruising to that point. Kikuchi gave way to reliever Yimi Garcia to face Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton.
Garcia, who had an 0-2 record with a 3.75 ERA heading into the night, promptly watched the Yankees right-fielder deposit a 2-2 slider over the short porch in right field, tying the game at 3-3 on his seventh home run of the season.
From there, the inning’s chaos reached a crescendo as Garcia fired an 0-1 fastball that plunked Yankees slugger Josh Donaldson in the arm, leading to an absolutely wild sequence of events. Garcia was tossed with no warning from the umpires, and it seems doubtful the veteran reliever would intentionally plunk someone to put the go-ahead run on base in an important divisional matchup.
Yimi Garcia ejected for hitting Josh Donaldson in a tie game. Pete Walker also tossed.
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Things temporarily settled back down following the ejections of Garcia and Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker, while Toronto escaped the inning avoiding any further damage.
When the Blue Jays got their chance to hit in the top of the seventh inning, however, things once again got dicey.
With a runner on and one out, a fastball up and in on Bo Bichette from Yankees reliever Jonathan Loaisiga got Blue Jays players and coaches vocal once again from the dugout, prompting home plate umpire Lance Barrett to toss Blue Jays skipper Charlie Montoyo.
Blue Jays wonder why Loaisiga wasn't ejected after their pitcher was and manager Charlie Montoyo gets ejected pic.twitter.com/jkKsIqt6PT
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After the game, Montoyo said the explanation he received from the umpires regarding Garcia's ejection was that Donaldson and Blue Jays catcher Tyler Heineman had been jawing with each other earlier in the contest.
Crew chief Alfonso Marquez tells pool reporter Josh Donaldson and Tyler Heineman exchanged "pretty strong words" earlier in the game which contributed to decision to eject Yimi Garcia. pic.twitter.com/Tgmu4ngElY
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Toronto went on to lose the game 6-5 on a ninth-inning walk-off home run by Aaron Judge.
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