WATCH: Bruce Rondon plunks Mike Moustakas in blowout game, benches clear


Wednesday night capped off what was a dreadful series for the Detroit Tigers at home against division rival Kansas City. The Royals hung 16 on the scoreboard en route to a sweep and winning their eighth straight overall to keep pace with the first-place Cleveland Indians.

It’s what happened in the ninth inning that is generating all the talk, however. In a 14-2 blowout, Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon decides to plunk Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas with clear intent. Rondon was promptly ejected from the contest.

Here is what it sounded like from the Royals’ feed on Fox Sports.

Benches empty and some players more than others had to be separated. Royals starter Danny Duffy, who pitched on Tuesday for Kansas City, was arguably the most fired up of anyone on his team.

Rondon appears to have taken exception with Lorenzo Cain scoring from second base on a base hit with the game already virtually decided. Important to know that Rondon gave up a single to Cain before allowing him to advance to second on a balk. Tigers outfielder Justin Upton didn’t seem to understand why Rondon did what he did, either.

Tigers utility man Andrew Romine came on to pitch and record the final two outs of that top half of the ninth.

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