Four suspended after Brewers-Rays brawl, including Abner Uribe (6 games), José Siri (3 games)



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Major League Baseball handed out multigame suspensions to those involved in Wednesday’s brawl between the Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays, with Milwaukee pitcher Abner Uribe receiving the longest ban of six games.

Rays center fielder José Siri received a three-game suspension for his role in the benches-clearing brawl in the eighth inning. Brewers pitcher Freddy Peralta got a five-game suspension for throwing at Siri earlier in the game.

Siri was retired on a routine ground out when Uribe ran from the pitcher’s mound to cover first base. The two exchanged words as Uribe turned to walk back to the mound, and the incident escalated when Uribe clocked Siri on the side of his helmet. First base umpire Alex Mackay was already holding Siri back, but the benches cleared as both teams entered the melee.

Siri and Uribe were ejected from the game, following Peralta’s ejection earlier in the sixth inning. Siri homered off Peralta in the third inning, and Peralta hit Siri on a 3-0 pitch during the center fielder’s at-bat in the sixth. Peralta later expressed surprise at his ejection.

“I’ve been in the league seven years and I’ve given up a lot of homers, but I’ve never (thrown at anybody) after that,” Peralta said about his ejection. “There was no reason for me to hit him. My pitch count was really low and my goal tonight was to go deep into the game and give our bullpen a breather because they’ve been working a lot, so there was no reason to hit him.”

MLB also suspended Brewers manager Pat Murphy for two games, calling it “a result of Peralta’s actions in addition to his inappropriate conduct towards umpires.”

Everyone received undisclosed fines, and Murphy began his suspension in Wednesday’s afternoon game at American Family Field. Associate manager Rickie Weeks will act as skipper in Murphy’s absence.

Peralta, Uribe and Siri are appealing their suspensions.

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