Benches clear after Machado clips Aguilar's leg in NLCS

Jo Caldwell
October 21, 2018

Major League Baseball made a decision to fine Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado following an incident during Tuesday night's game between the Dodgers and Brewers.

Instead of focusing on the Dodgers' victory over the Brewers in Game 4 of the NLCS, Manny Machado's decision to clip Jesús Aguilar at first base stole the majority of the headlines.

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. In Game 3 while sliding into second base, Machado appeared to reach out with his hand to prevent shortstop Orlando Arcia from turning a double play. Aguilar's right foot was on first base, and it appeared Machado intentionally kicked it with his left foot out of frustration after being called out.

Machado's tactics didn't awaken the Brewers, who lost 2-1 in the 13th inning on Cody Bellinger's RBI single.

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The shortstop later scored the winning run, sliding home to give Los Angeles a 2-1 win that evened the NLCS at two games each. Machado attracted disdain early in the 2017 season with a hard slide into Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia .

"He's a player that has a history of those types of incidents", Yelich said. Counsell said he doesn't expect advanced warnings from the umpiring crew and brushed aside the notion that Machado's antics would spark unnecessary distractions.

"It looked like it", Aguilar said.

Tuesday night wasn't the first time Los Angeles Dodgers star Manny Machado was called out for a dirty play.

"You saw the replay, probably". And. that the team would continue to focus on winning another game.

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"It absolutely is. I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you can't respect someone who plays the game like that".

"I was trying to get over him and hit his foot", Machado said in response. But Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he expected it to be business as usual on the field. "I don't know. Call it what you want".

As for the drama Machado's been entangled in throughout the series. we asked if the beanball he took Wednesday will end the drama.

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