Smith irked by Phils’ swagger: Meet me in tunnel

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The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies turned the eighth inning of their recreation Friday night time right into a benches-emptying, trash-talking, finger-pointing commotion that spiced up a routine recreation — and will ignite extra sparks this weekend.

It began when Phillies reliever Jose Alvarado thumped his glove and gestured at Dominic Smith after he struck out the Mets outfielder with the tying run on third base within the eighth. Smith pulled off his helmet and appeared able to combat again in opposition to the pitcher till each groups spilled out of the dugout and broke up the dustup earlier than punches had been thrown.

After the sport — a 2-1 Phillies win — Smith did not mince phrases when requested about Alvarado.

“I do not thoughts individuals pimping strikeouts and pimping stuff on the sector. I’ve by no means been a participant like that, however I do not thoughts it; I find it irresistible,” Smith mentioned. “However him pointing at me, coming after me, stuff like that — I am a grown-ass man. Come meet me then in case you actually bought an issue, and we are able to actually deal with it.

“That is how I take a look at that problem. He waited for his workforce to seize him and stuff. However I am proper there. He can meet me within the tunnel tomorrow if he actually desires to get after it.”

Mets supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned Alvarado — who hit Michael Conforto and riled up Smith and the Mets with gestures earlier this month — was responsible for the dustup.

“You possibly can inform that it was instigating. He was making an attempt to get his consideration, making an attempt to begin issues,” Rojas mentioned. “That is what bought Dom turning again and strolling towards him.”

The collection between the NL East rivals resumes Saturday night time in Philadelphia.

Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins mentioned he does not anticipate the excessive tensions boiling over.

“I do not anticipate there to be any carryover into tomorrow apart from the truth that it is the Phillies and the Mets, and that is what it’s,” he mentioned.

Info from The Related Press was used on this report.