It turns out there was more than just baseball tonight between the Miami Marlins and the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Marlins sent out Nathan Eovaldi to the mound to face the Brewers, but he put up one of his worst starts of the season. The Brew Crew put up four runs in four innings against Eovaldi, who struggled to put away batters and gave up two home runs along the way to Ryan Braun and Matthew Clark. The Brewers eventually ran past Eovaldi, who put up his worst start since his latest month-plus stretch of strong performances. Miami had to pull him early, as Eovaldi was not able to last beyond the fourth inning.
Of course, after the fourth inning, all the fireworks began. The fifth inning contained the Giancarlo Stanton injury on the hit-by-pitch from Mike Fiers. Subsequently, the benches-clearing altercation occurred when Reed Johnson stepped in after Stanton and was also hit and struck out in one fell swoop. The benches were restless with emotion, and Mike Redmond and Casey McGehee were ejected for arguing with the umpires. In the subsequent innings, Marlins reliever Anthony DeSclafani and bench coach Rob Leary were also ejected after DeSclafani hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch.
In the meantime, Miami actually mounted something of a comeback. In the eighth inning, with a runner on base, Marcell Ozuna hit another home run, cutting the lead in half. It was Ozuna's fourth home run in as many days, putting him in a list of very few Marlins in team history.
But the home run was not enough. Francisco Rodriguez entered the game and shut the door in the ninth and Miami took the loss, 4-2.