Detroit – Both benches and both bullpens emptied Wednesday in the sixth inning of the Tigers-White Sox game when Sox starter Chris Sale hit Victor Martinez with a pitch.
But peace was restored without punches being thrown.
The pitch that hit Martinez was a 93 mph fastball from Sale – after which Martinez kept staring at the mound as he headed to first base.
When Sale eventually looked back at Martinez, the two exchanged words – with Sale gesturing toward second base and center field as if something earlier in the game also had bothered him.
After Sale struck Martinez out to end the third, he took his cap off and waved in the same direction he pointed to after hitting Martinez in the sixth.
That made it clear that something, indeed, had annoyed him.
Following the one-out pitch that hit Martinez, however, J.D. Martinez doubled, creating a second-and-third chance that the Tigers capitalized upon for the tying run on Nick Castellanos' sacrifice fly.
The Sox had scored in the top of the sixth on Dayan Viciedo's RBI triple with two outs off Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
Sale left the game after the sixth. He gave up four hits and struck out 10, and his pitch count was 101.