Cody Bellinger singled home the winning run in the 13th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night and tying the NL Championship Series at two games apiece. It caused both dugouts to clear and while no punches were thrown, the Brewers skewered Machado in post-game comments.
The All-Star slugger was fined $10,000 by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, an industry source confirmed, for his footwork in Game 4 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium that resulted in the Brewers and Dodgers emptying their benches for a brief confrontation. However, when he crossed the bag, he dragged his left foot and appeared to intentionally kick first baseman, Jesus Aguilar.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won a thrilling Game 4 of the NLCS with a walk-off single in the 13th inning to even the series, 2-2, but it was a routine groundout in the tenth inning that most people were talking about after the game.
"It's a dirty play by a dirty player", said outfielder Christian Yelich. Nevertheless, the fine I am referring to is the one that Machado is on the hook for after running over/kicking first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Machado said they go back to their days in the minors.
"You saw the replay, probably".
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Adams doesn't have a history of back troubles, leaving the big man likely to play through any minor discomfort on Tuesday night . This season's team will split the difference between last season's "Ugh, do we have to?" campaign and the 2015-16 tour de force.
Aguilar said Machado had apologized to him, although Machado declined to discuss what was said when the two spoke later during the game.
Throughout the World Series, there's likely to be speculation about Machado's next destination, whether it's Los Angeles, New York or some place else. "I mean, I don't know, call it what you want".
No one was as outspoken about Machado after the game as Yelich as he answered questions from reporters about the play. So it's just a friendly game, go out, try and compete here.
Again Counsell tried to downplay all the Manny stuff before the game Wednesday saying, "We all want something to talk about and you guys do, too".
No argument there. Machado has been playing at the speed of Manny since he broke in with the Orioles in 2012, and for the most part, it hasn't been a big problem.