Friday, August 11, 2006

August 12, 1984

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In one of the ugliest brawl-filled games in ML history, the Braves beat the Padres 5–3 in Atlanta.

The trouble begins when Atlanta's Pascual Perez hits Alan Wiggins in the back with the first pitch of the game, and escalates as the Padres pitchers retaliate by throwing at Perez all four times he comes to the plate.

All in all, the game features two bench-clearing brawls, the 2nd of which includes several fans, and 19 ejections, including both managers and both replacement managers. Padres manager Dick Williams will be suspended for 10 days and fined $10,000, while Braves manager Joe Torre and five players will each receive 3-game suspensions.

But the brawl in Atlanta, as Dave Campbell observed, "woke the Padres up out of their doldrums."

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