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Mariners' Marco Gonzales Rips 'Classless' Angels After Benches-Clearing Brawl

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJune 26, 2022

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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales called the Los Angeles Angels "classless" following Sunday's game, which saw a benches-clearing brawl in the second inning.

Echoing Mariners manager Scott Servais, Gonzales told reporters the Angels' approach behind using Andrew Wantz as an opener was "obvious." Wantz threw behind Julio Rodriguez in the first inning before hitting Jesse Winker in the second, which sparked the on-field scuffle.

Bally Sports West @BallySportWest

Benches clear!!! 👊<a href="https://twitter.com/Angels?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Angels</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoHalos?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoHalos</a> <a href="https://t.co/EUnTTcjW1D">pic.twitter.com/EUnTTcjW1D</a>

After his team's 5-3 loss Saturday, Angels star Mike Trout expressed his frustration with getting a fastball up and in from Seattle reliever Erik Swanson.

"If you can’t pitch inside, don’t pitch inside," Trout said. "If you’re going to hit me, hit me in the ribs; don’t hit me in the head. I don’t know if that was the intent, but anything at the head, you don’t do that."

Wantz had yet to start an MLB game prior to Sunday. Especially after his fastball sailed past Rodriguez, many thought Angels interim manager Phil Nevin put him out there for a specific purpose.

Daniel Kramer @DKramer_

The Angels didn't announce that Andrew Wantz would open today's game until this morning, and by using him in that spot, it basically made him a disposable bullpen arm.

Joe Fann @Joe_Fann

Phil Nevin better be at the top of that list of suspensions. Absolute garbage. <a href="https://t.co/VlhMAUNAuF">https://t.co/VlhMAUNAuF</a>

In his postgame press conference, Nevin said he thought tensions were high because the Angels and Mariners had seen each other a lot of late. The teams wrapped up a three-game set Sunday after having concluded a five-game set on June 19.

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Nevin talks with the media following Sunday’s brawl<a href="https://twitter.com/Angels?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Angels</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoHalos?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoHalos</a> <a href="https://t.co/iAA5QPEydP">pic.twitter.com/iAA5QPEydP</a>

Servais struck a far different tone when he spoke with reporters:

Scott Hanson @shansonSeaTimes

Marco Gonzales called the Angels throwing at the Mariners "classless" .... Mariners manager Scott Servais called it a "black eye for the game."

Greg Beacham @gregbeacham

Mariners mgr Scott Servais says the whole retaliation/brawl escalation was unnecessary: “I don’t think there’s any point in getting to that level (of animosity) in the game today. This isn’t the 1960s and ‘70s.”

MLB officials will obviously review the brawl, and suspensions are all but certain for the parties most involved. Winker and Angels closer Raisel Iglesias, who threw a box of sunflower seeds onto the field before yelling toward Winker after the brawl ended, are among the most notable names likely to face a ban of some length.

The Angels won the battle Sunday, walking away 2-1 victors. The Mariners will have to wait until Aug. 5 to gain a measure of vengeance.

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