Marlins, Nats Brawl
Washington Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan charged the mound and punched Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad in the sixth inning, inciting a benches-clearing brawl during Florida’s 16-10 win Wednesday night in Miami. Florida was ahead 15-5 with one out in the top of the frame when Volstad threw a pitch behind Morgan, who had already been hit by a pitch earlier in the game. The Marlins were ahead 14-3 in the fourth, but Morgan stole second and third base after being hit by the pitch. After the first pitch sailed behind him in the sixth, though, Morgan became upset and immediately threw down his bat and charged the mound. Volstad tossed down his glove and Morgan connected with a left to the pitcher’s neck. Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez then raced in and delivered a clothes-line hit to Morgan, who immediately tumbled to the ground. Players for both teams scuffled near the mound and then Pat Listach, the third base coach for the Nationals, joined the fray by piling on Volstad and possibly throwing a punch.