Joe Kelly suspended 8 games for dust-up with Astros

Rob Bradford
July 29, 2020 - 5:41 pm

There will be a price to pay for the notoriety.

After throwing a fastball behind the head of the Astros' Alex Bregman, and then narrowly missing Carlos Correa with a pitch later in the sixth-inning, Dodgers' reliever Joe Kelly has been handed an eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball with Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts receiving a one-game suspension. Kelly has appealed his punishment.

After the Correa at-bat, which resulted in a swinging third strike, Kelly got into an animated back-and-forth with the Houston shortstop which included the former Red Sox pitcher sticking his tongue out at Correa. Ultimately both benches cleared with no punches thrown.

After the game Houston manager Dusty Baker, was also fined, explained what he thought led to his team leaving their bench.

"What really enraged everybody ... is when he told him: 'Nice swing (expletive),'" Baker said. "What are you supposed to do then?"

Kelly insisted the pitches weren't retribution for the Dodgers' issues with the Astros cheating in 2017, with Tuesday night representing the first time the two teams had met since Houston was punished for its violations.

“It’s one of those things that I pitch competitively. And with no fans here it’s easy to hear some stuff,” Kelly said after the game. “Something apparently they didn’t take too kind to. I mean, my accuracy isn’t the best. I broke my window with my newborns coming, two days before they were born.”