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#pounditSunday, June 16, 2024

Keone Kela admits he went head-hunting on Derek Dietrich

Keone Kela

Keone Kela did not hide his reason for throwing up and in on Derek Dietrich in Tuesday’s Pittsburgh Pirates-Cincinnati Reds game that set the stage for a big 9th-inning fight.

Kela, who pitched a scoreless 7th inning, essentially admitted after the game that he threw high on Dietrich because it was “overdue” and he had to “protect” his teammates.

Here’s a look at his pitch that got people fired up:

Joey Votto had words for Kela in defense of Dietrich, who struck out in the at-bat. The two teams were warned.

David Bell was later ejected in the eighth for defending Yasiel Puig after a strike call the outfielder didn’t like. Then in the ninth things really kicked up. Jared Hughes was ejected for hitting Starling Marte with a pitch begin the inning. Then a batter after giving up a 3-run home run, Amir Garrett charged towards the Pirates dugout and fought the whole team.

Dietrich was at the center of a fight between the teams on April 7. He pimped a home run in that game, which led Chris Archer to throw at him.

Dietrich defended himself later, taking a shot at Kela for a recent suspension.

The beef between these clubs does not look likely to pass any time soon.


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