Major Suspensions Handed Out After Punches Thrown in Rays/Brewers Game

MLB has acted swiftly in suspending a trio of players for multiple games after Tuesday night's major brawl between the Tampa Bay Rays and Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee pitcher Abner Uribe received the longest ban of six games, and you'll see why right here:

After Tampa's Jose Siri exchanged some words with Uribe after being thrown out at first base, the Milwaukee pitcher took exception and threw a haymaker that connected with Siri's face. Benches cleared from there, and Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins even hit the deck in all the mayhem. Siri receives three games for his part in the melee.

Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta got a five-game suspension for throwing at Siri earlier in the game. Peralta was ejected in the 6th after hitting Siri with a pitch, following a home run that the Rays' OF hit off him earlier in the game. Peralta adamantly denied the HBP was intentional. 

“I’ve been in the league seven years and I’ve given up a lot of homers, but I’ve never (thrown at anybody) after that,” Peralta said about his ejection. “There was no reason for me to hit him. My pitch count was really low and my goal tonight was to go deep into the game and give our bullpen a breather because they’ve been working a lot, so there was no reason to hit him.”

All three suspended players are appealing their bans.

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