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Anatomy of Rockies-Mets bench-clearing, non-brawl – The Denver Post

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NEW YORK — Fracas. Hubbub. Brouhaha. Donnybrook. Kerfuffle.

Well, not quite. But the benches did empty in the eighth inning of the Rockies’ 5-1 victory over the Mets Friday night at Citi Field.

There were no punches thrown and no ejections. Afterward, there were plenty of denials and soothing of the waters, but it was difficult to say how veiled the words were.

Here’s how the incident went down:

— Colorado’s David Dahl, now batting .338, crushed a two-run home run off reliever Drew Gagnon into the second deck in left field.

— Two batters later, Daniel Murphy, the ex-Met, hit a solo shot off Gagnon.

— Gagnon then hit Ian Desmond in the back with a 91.5 mph fastball, that after coming inside on the first pitch of the at-bat. It certainly looked like an intentional beaning, and Desmond and Gagnon exchanged words.

— The benches, and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown and Gagnon was not ejected, although a warning was issued.

— As Desmond walked toward first, Gagnon rolled the ball past Desmond as a sign of what, disrespect? Perhaps as a challenge?

After the game, came the words.

“I can see where they’re coming from, but I wasn’t throwing strikes all day,” said Gagnon, who threw only 13 of his 23 pitches across the plate. “The ball slipped, a two-seamer. It was a complete accident.”

Said Desmond: “He said it wasn’t intentional, and at that point it was kind of over. I don’t think there was any jawing. He hit me and I said, ‘What are you doing?’ And he said it wasn’t on purpose and at that point I just put my head down and kind of started walking up the line.

“(But) it was two terrible pitches, back to back. Whether it was on purpose or not, those were terrible pitches. But, whatever, it’s water under the bridge.”

Murphy, who quickly hopped over the dugout railing moments after Desmond was plunked, played diplomat after the game.

“I don’t think it’s a great look,” Murphy said of Gagnon’s pitch. “The first one was up and in. The next one, I think it was a changeup, and then Desmond got one in the middle of the back. I will say, there are a lot of guys on (the Mets) that I trust in this industry, that I value their opinion and they were all saying they didn’t think it was on purpose. (Still) I don’t think it’s a great look.”

Crew chief Mike Winters explained why Gagnon wasn’t ejected.

“We determined that we did not think the pitch was intentional,” Winters said. “And then, given the situation, when everybody’s milling around like that, it’s usually the best move to put in a warning. We’re stuck. We can’t just do nothing there. We have to tell them at least we’re putting in warnings there.”

Rockies manager Bud Black straddled the fence on the issue. Asked if Gagnon threw intentionally at Desmond, Black replied, “I’m not sure. I don’t know this fella.”

Dialed-in Dahl. The Rockies are getting a big boost from Dahl. His two-run homer extended his hitting streak to nine games. The outfielder is batting .514 (19-37) with three homers and 12 RBIs over that span. Plus, he rakes against the Mets, owning a career .462 (12-26) batting average against them.

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