Giants, Phillies clear benches, brawl at AT&T Park

August 6, 2011, 4:29 am
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Aug. 5, 2011


Mychael Urban

SAN FRANCISCO -- The growing rivalry between the defending world champion Giants and the Phillies reached a new level of intensity Friday night at AT&T Park, as a full-blown brawl between last years National League Championship Series combatants broke out in the sixth inning.

VIEW: Giants Insider gallery: Anatomy of a BrawlWith the Phils having blown the game open with three runs to take an 8-2 lead, Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez drilled Shane Victorino in the back with a pitch. Victorino took a few steps toward the mound, prompting Giants catcher Eli Whiteside to bounce from behind the plate to get between the two, eagerly hopping up and down before lunging at the first Phillie that came into his sight.
Both benches emptied in a heartbeat, recalling a similar scene from the second inning of Game 6 of the 2010 NLCS, but this time blows were thrown and order wasnt restored for approximately 10 minutes.
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Victorino, who twice appeared to go after unidentifiable Giants during the scrum, Ramirez, and Whiteside were ejected in the aftermath.