Ryan Borucki strikes Kevin Kiermaier in the bottom eighth with the first pitch. Borucki was ejected after the benches cleared. (1:08).
ST. PETERSBURG (Fla.) -- All for the water under the bridge.
One day after Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo dismissed the fact that Tampa Bay Rays' center fielder Kevin Kiermaier had picked up a scouting ticket that fell out of Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk, fireworks erupted Wednesday.
To open the game, Ryan Borucki of Toronto slugged Kiermaier in the eighth inning. Both dugouts were quickly empty after words were exchanged. Although the teams did not meet, Borucki was expelled from the Blue Jays. This prompted Charlie Montoyo, Blue Jays manager, and Pete Walker, the pitching coach, to storm out of their dugouts to vent as the play spilled onto to the field. Walker was also thrown, but there were no physical altercations between the players.
Borucki was hit with his eighth pitch in the Rays' 7-1 win. This earned him a playoff berth.
Kiermaier stated, "Pretty much everything almost went behind my," To be honest, I thought it was a weak decision. It's over. It didn't hurt at all, so it doesn't matter. We move on. We move on. We won the series and I'm happy to play these guys.