Major League Baseball has fined Manny Machado an undisclosed amount for the way he ran into Jesus Aguilar last night, sources tell The Athletic. But when Machado got to first, he clipped and appeared to kick Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar.
As the two players exchanged words players poured out of both dugouts. Aguilar told reporters after the game that Machado did apologize.
The four-time All-Star also caused controversy Monday in Game 3 with two hard slides into second base while shortstop Orlando Arcia attempted to turn double plays.
The main point of contention here: Machado didn't make an effort to avoid Aguilar and could have injured him.
"We are family. We go back to the minor leagues", Machado said in another postgame interview. Yelich called Machado a "dirty" player. "He can say it wasn't on objective, but it's a dirty play".
Yelich wasn't done. When he wrapped up his comments, he was heard using some, let's say, colorful language to describe Machado, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. I didn't see the replay. Counsell said he doesn't expect advanced warnings from the umpiring crew and brushed aside the notion that Machado's antics would spark unnecessary distractions.
"What stays on the field, stays on the field, between the lines", Machado said. Machado scored the winning run on a single by Cody Bellinger, which tied the series at two games apiece.
With one out, Machado had a broken-bat single to left and went to second on Guerra's wild pitch.
The talented 26-year-old, who was acquired by the Dodgers in July and appears headed to a big free agent move after the season is emerging as the villain of a tightly contested NLCS.
"I don't think we're too concerned about any other teams' comments about our players", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday before Game 5. Manny Machado has 10 hits and is batting.250 over his past 10 games for Los Angeles.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell wasn't concerned the incident would distract from his team's focus in the best-of-seven series.