Members of the Philadelphia Phillies fight with the San Francisco Giants after Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Shane Victorino Hit With Three-Game Suspension

Friday night in San Francisco, the Phillies' 9-2 victory over the Giants was punctuated by a sixth-inning brawl that will probably result in at least two suspensions.

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Shane Victorino Suspended For Three Games

The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants got into a bit of a tussle on Friday night, and unlike most baseball brawls, where players and coaches mill around on a field until the umpires tell them not to, this one featured a couple of people falling down. According to ESPN, Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino will be suspended for three games for his role in the fracas.

Major League Baseball has suspended Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino three games for his role in the Giants-Phillies bench-clearing incident Friday, a source told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. The source said Victorino will appeal.

Victorino was hit by a Ramon Ramirez pitch after the Phillies had opened up a large lead on the Giants, and the center fielder took a few steps out towards the mound. Giants catcher Eli Whiteside got in front of Victorino and started hopping around like a frog. Placido Polaco then got too close to Whiteside hopping like a frog, and he'll probably think twice about doing that again.

So the beginning of the scrum was not why Victorino was suspended. The reasons that might explain Victorino's punishment are a) he pushed through an umpire to return to the donnybrook, and b) he plowed into a pile of players as the skirmish was dying down, tackling Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens and reigniting the whole thing.

Victorino plans to appeal, but with the Phillies leading the NL East by 8-1/2 games, he might just want to rest up a bit for the playoffs.

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Radio Host Tony Bruno Tweets, Then Apologizes, About Giants/Phillies Brawl

The instant communication medium of Twitter can be a useful tool for getting information out fast. It can also get people in trouble, as radio host Tony Bruno found out Friday night. He apparently sent out a racist remark via his Twitter account after Ramon Ramirez hit Shane Victorino in the back with a pitch during the Phillies/Giants game, inciting a brawl. Bruno is from Philadelphia, though until recently he had an hour-long segment with Gary Radnich on San Francisco radio station KNBR. The segment was cancelled in July.

I say “apparently” because the tweet was deleted shortly thereafter, though you can see what it said at the above link. Or here. Bruno later posted an apology on his Facebook page, but as you can see via this Twitter search, a lot of people were (and still are) quite upset with what Bruno said.

Ah, the joys of modern communication. The Phillies beat the Giants for the second straight day, but San Francisco maintained first place in the NL West after the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks. As for the brawl, it’s likely suspensions will be issued in the near future.

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