Rockies, Padres deliver first bench-clearing fight of 2018 season

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was suspended five games Friday for charging the mound after the Padres' Luis Perdomo threw a pitch behind his back, inciting a benches-clearing brawl Wednesday.

Arenado was suspended five games by Major League Baseball after charging the mound and throwing punches.

AJ Cassavell of MLB.com points out that the Rockies can stagger the suspensions for Arenado and Parra so they won't need to replace both players at once.

The suspensions don't stop wth Arenado and Perodomo.

Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra received a four-game suspension for fighting during the incident, while Padres pitcher Buddy Baumann received a one-game suspension for fighting.

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I was ready to defend myself. "Sliding with the cleats up is a no-no in baseball", Martinez wrote in justifying Kelly's plunking. Trevor Williams (2-0, 1.59 ERA) will take the mound for Pittsburgh, duelling against Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 4.09 ERA).

Additionally, catcher A.J. Ellis and infielder Freddy Galvis of the Padres and pitcher German Márquez of the Rockies were fined but not suspended.

Arenado immediately charged at the Padres pitcher after the ball went behind him.

Frustration from three hit batsman in the previous two games of the series resulted in Wednesday's actions. Perdomo allowed five hits and had two strikeouts in two innings of work for the Padres. The Padres, meanwhile, will need to select a replacement for Perdomo against the Dodgers; while they have yet to announce a starter, possible options include right-hander Jordan Lyles and southpaw Robbie Erlin. The big-hitting Arenado then threw a couple of huge punches at the backpedaling Perdomo, but didn't land anything squarely.

"I figured it would be somewhere around there, but I think it's a lot", Arenado said Friday evening before the Rockies played the Nationals.

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