The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays are battling it out for a an area in the playoffs and after what happened Saturday night it looks like there could be some bad blood between both of these AL East teams.
The benches cleared following the the surface of the eighth inning after Rays pitcher Pete Fairbanks had some words for Baltimores Robinson Chirinos. You see, Chirinos had the nerve to call time before a pitch and the house plate ump granted him enough time out.
Fairbanks had not been happy about this and let Chirinos find out about it after striking out the Orioles catcher. If Fairbanks must have been mad at anyone (he shouldnt have), it will have already been the ump who allowed the late periods call.
Heres how things played out:
Tensions are boiling over between your O’s and Rays in a string which could have major implications in the playoff race pic.twitter.com/gDWDfxrSkP
Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) August 13, 2022
Again, Fairbanks must chill out just a little. Theres you don’t need to be mad at Chirinos there. Also, best for the Orioles for not taking some of that lame stuff from Fairbanks.
The Rays won the overall game and hold a half-game lead on the Orioles for the ultimate wild-card spot. Theres plenty of baseball left to be played nonetheless it feels as though things just got a bit more personal between these teams.
Twitter had reactions compared to that scuffle.
In case a pitcher is pumped future off the mound and the batter takes exception, Id say thats on the batter.
But uhh Fairbanks yelled at Chirinos because the house plate umpire granted time late. Think youre mad at the incorrect person, bro https://t.co/TSy9CvYEcc
Dillon Atkinson (@DillonTAtkinson) August 14, 2022
Shouldnt Fairbanks be mad at the ump for giving a hitter time that late?Also, that Orioles roster is really a couple of FL boys. Would like to watch them scrap tbh https://t.co/QyI5uLfgc9
Joe (@SoFlaSix) August 14, 2022
playoff type intensity I really like in addition, it Fairbanks is soft as charmin https://t.co/t59691ye9Y
Sachiko (@716sachiko) August 14, 2022
Fairbanks scared of a backup catcher lol https://t.co/sd4JQtm0jN
sam (@ChknBucketHal) August 14, 2022