Tempers flared at Great American Ball Park on Thursday between the Cubs and Reds after Aroldis Chapman stirred the pot in the ninth inning.
With Nate Schierholtz at the plate and the game tied at four, Chapman uncorked back-to-back 103-mph pitches high and tight, which whistled to the protective screen behind the dish.
This sparked players from the Cubs dugout to get up and begin barking at Chapman. After striking out Schierholtz a few pitches later, Chapman fanned the flames by staring into Chicago's dugout.
Things really escalated when the Cubs took the field in the home half of the frame as first basemen Anthony Rizzo threw down his hat and glove in protest before both benches cleared. No punches were thrown, and the melee was relatively mild, but there was clearly some animosity between the two clubs in game five of a five-game series.
“I was just trying to be a good teammate,” Rizzo said after the game, according to MLB.com. “I have the utmost respect for this city and the Reds, but we as a team have to stick up for each other. Tempers flared. It happens. We’re 50 men competing at the highest level and tempers are going to flare sometimes. Hopefully it’s something that is resolved now.”