Benches clear in ALDS Game 2 as Rangers’ Kela trades words with Blue Jays’ Donaldson
TORONTO — Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson got into a shouting match with Rangers reliever Keone Kela in the 13th inning in Game 2 of the AL Division Series on Friday, causing the benches and benches to briefly empty.
It was 4-all when Donaldson, who hit his first postseason homer earlier, hit a deep drive to left field that went foul. Kela walked toward home plate and began trading words with Donaldson.
Texas catcher Chris Gimenez and plate umpire Vic Carapazza quickly stepped between the two, and the order was restored a few moments later. Donaldson stared intently at Kela as the rookie right-hander returned to the mound.
Donaldson eventually struck out on a dropped third strike and was thrown out at first base.
"We made eye contact and exchanged a few words," Donaldson said." He didn’t back down, I didn’t back down. I’ll leave it at that."
It was the second time in this postseason that benches had cleared. The Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates got into a dust-up Wednesday in the NL wild-card game after Chicago ace Jake Arrieta was hit by a pitch.