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Reds manager, player suspended for bench-clearing incident

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 20:12:45-04

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds announced Monday that manager David Bell and outfielder Jesse Winker were given one-game suspensions and fines for a bench-clearing incident in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs.

Joey Votto was fined but not suspended. Cubs coach Mike Borzello received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine.

The teams confronted each other on the field in the fourth inning after pitchers threw close to batters' heads, but no punches ensued.

The tension began when the first pitch from Reds rookie starter Tejay Antone sailed over Cubs leadoff batter Anthony Rizzo to the backstop. Rizzo had homered twice in Game 1. Home-plate umpire Nic Lentz quickly warned both benches.

In the bottom of the fourth, Cubs pitcher Adbert Alzolay threw a fastball to Shogo Akiyama that sailed high and inside, prompting Votto and other Reds players to shout from the dugout.

Rizzo, the Cubs first baseman, started yelling back and that brought Votto and Winker out of the dugout. First-base umpire Dan Bellino ejected both Reds, and Bell was also ejected as the benches and bullpens started to empty on both sides.

Cubs manager David Ross and Borzello were also ejected.

A press release said Bell was penalized for the actions of the team as a whole, and for "excessive arguing during the bottom of the fourth-inning."

Winker and Votto were disciplined for leaving the bench and contributing to the fourth-inning incident.

Bell and Winker are scheduled to serve their suspension Monday night, when the Reds host the St. Louis Cardinals. Winker has the option to file an appeal, the press release said, but it makes no mention of an appeal for Bell.

Borzello was disciplined for excessive arguing, using inappropriate language, and failing to leave the dugout after he was ejected.