Red Sox, Brewers clear benches after dispute sparks heated scene

Brew Crew might be better renamed Brawl Crew.

The Brewers were once again embroiled in a bench-clearing incident at Fenway Park on Sunday when first-base coach Quintin Berry appeared to get into a minor altercation with the Red Sox, but it appears there’s a bit more to the story.

Red Sox pitcher Chris Martin admitted he wasn’t too pleased with the Brewers’ two bunting attempts in the top of the seventh inning of a 1-1 game, muttering his frustration in Berry’s ear on the way back to the dugout.

The benches and bullpens of the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox emptied after the final out of the top of the seventh inning of Sunday’s baseball game. AP
Red Sox pitcher Chris Martin and Brewers manager Quinton Berry argued before clearing the bench. Nessun

“I probably said something under my breath heading into that inning and I’ll let you guys decide what it was,” Martin said. He told reporters“They bunted twice because of the momentum. … I didn’t like it. I know it’s part of the game, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I told them that.”

Berry was clearly not happy with Martin’s comments and didn’t hesitate to respond by getting right in Martin’s face, resulting in two Red Sox players being involved and the bench and bullpen spilling onto the field.

No punches were thrown and the situation did not escalate beyond a slightly agitated Berry being held back.

Cool headed judgement prevailed, the game continued, and the Red Sox finally took the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Jarren Duran hit a one-run timely single to send Sedan Rafaela home.

Red Sox game planning coordinator and catching coach Jason Varitek (33) holds back Milwaukee Brewers first base coach Quintin Berry (33) during a dugout brawl on Sunday. Bob DeChiara – USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox won 2-1.

The altercation did not reflect well on Berry, and even more poignantly, Duran told NESN that the incident helped give the Red Sox a boost.

“When you clear the bench, everybody gets a little more motivated,” Duran said.[Martin] “He was getting everybody worked up. He was angry. I’d never seen him like that. He’s always been a calm, cool guy.”

Sunday wasn’t the first time the Brewers have participated in such an event this season.

They had a massive on-field brawl with the Rays last month that resulted in actual fist-fights and suspensions.